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Child actor Makayah McDermott killed in horror crash was 'a natural talent'

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/09/2016

Tragic: Makayah McDermott
Tragic: Makayah McDermott

A child actor killed alongside his aunt by a suspected stolen car being chased by police was "a natural talent", his agent said.

Makayah McDermott (10) and Rosie Cooper (34) were walking along a street when the vehicle ploughed into them in Penge, south-east London, on Wednesday afternoon.

Two 13-year-olds and an eight-year-old girl, all related to the pair, have since left hospital.

Two of the girls, named as Niyah and Yahla, Makayah's older sisters, were trapped underneath the car but crawled out when bystanders lifted it off them.

Makayah's agent, Sam Brown, said she signed him in June and described his family as "a very, very talented bunch". She added: "He was a bright character, outgoing, and just picked up scripts and could just go with it. (He was) a natural talent. It's a hard industry, but I believed in him."

The driver of the car, a 23-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and theft of a motor vehicle. He was yesterday being questioned by police.

Lisa Pitman, a taekwondo teacher who knew Makayah, said: "We are in shock and gutted, he was an incredible child. We have been teaching him since the age of four. (The family) will be devastated, just as we are."

Ms Cooper's neighbour said she often saw the young mother with her nieces and nephews.

Jackie Francis, from Beckenham, added: "It's just horrible. They were a close family."

Passers-by have left flowers at the scene of the fatal accident in tribute to the victims.

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