An actor and singer tipped for success on the West End stage has died after she was hit by a car in London.
Joanna Reyes, 37, was leaving a rehearsal at Shoreditch’s City Academy when she was struck by a white Range Rover Sport as she stood on a traffic island in the middle of the road.
Her agent, Linda Bradley, said Reyes was being considered for several film roles and was tipped for West End stardom. She said: “Of course, this news of our client, Joanna Reyes, passing away has shocked us beyond description. There is nothing words can say at this moment to soften this tragic early loss of a beautiful life. The theatre world, our religion, has lost a huge beauty and talent.
“Joanna was the most vibrant person who has now left a huge void in everyone’s lives. Beyond heartbroken is an understatement. We continue to send our prayers and condolences to Joanna’s family and friends at this tragic time. Joanna will be very much missed but never forgotten.”
Reyes took leading roles in many of City Academy’s productions, including Velma Kelly in Chicago and Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret. Earlier this year she played Miss Peg Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie in a one-off show at London’s Adelphi Theatre for Showtime Challenge in aid of mental health charity Mind.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said a 44-year-old male driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was taken to an east London police station.
He said officers were called to the scene just before 11.30pm on Thursday to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Commercial Road but the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene just after midnight. Formal identification is yet to take place.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the witness appeal line on 020 8345 4955.