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Police renew appeals ten years after unexplained death in Peckham

News   •   Dec 01, 2015 13:58 GMT

[IMAGE: Carolina Calderon-Zuniga]

Ten years after the unexplained death of 24-year-old Carolina Calderon-Zuniga in Peckham, police are offering a reward of up to £10,000, for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for her death.

Police were called at about 11.30hrs, on Friday, 24 June 2005 to an incident in Moody Road, Peckham.

Carolina was found under the wheels of her own car, a green Fiat Punto. Firefighters from nearby Peckham fire station attended the scene and lifted the vehicle free.

London Ambulance Service attended and the victim was taken to a south London hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Police arrested a 26 year-old-man shortly afterwards; he was later released without charge.

An inquest held on 14 September 2005 at Southwark Coroner’s Court delivered an open verdict.

Officers from the MPS Specialist Crimes Directorate based at Sutton pursued all lines of enquiry, but were unable to identify who was driving the car at the time.

DC John Isaacs from the Met’s Special Casework Investigation Team, said: "Ten years have passed since the tragic death of Carolina in Peckham on 24 June 2005. As you would imagine it has had a very profound effect on her family, especially her two daughters who were only aged seven and four at the time.

"Someone must have seen or heard something that night and for whatever reason they did not come forward at the time. I would appeal to them to contact the police and help bring this family some answers and with it closure.

"If anyone has any information about what happened that fateful night or who may have been driving the car, I urge them to come forward for the benefit of Carolina's loved ones. The Incident Room number is 020 7230 4294"

London Fire Brigade Station Manager Lisa King said, "I remember the incident very clearly, it's one I wouldn't forget. When we arrived at the scene there was a crowd of people around the car and Carolina was underneath it. We quickly set about lifting the car off her and giving her medical aid until the ambulance turned up.

"But it was the circumstances that really set this apart from most other calls we go to. She was underneath her own car and there was nobody else at the scene who admitted to driving the car."