Friends and relatives yesterday placed cards and floral tributes at the spot where a teenager died after being dragged for a mile under a black cab.
Scott Poll, aged 17, of Wednesbury, Sandwell, was walking home with two friends in the early hours of Sunday after a night when he was hit by a vehicle that failed to stop.
He had spent the evening at the Five Ways public house in West Bromwich with his girlfriend Lauren Berridge, and had begun walking home with two friends after making sure she was safely in a cab as he could not afford his own fare.
As they walked along Hollyhedge Road, Mr Poll, who was walking on the carriageway, was struck by a vehicle and dragged up a hill and across two roundabouts before his body came to rest outside the Manor House pub, in Hall Green Road.
His friends chased the vehicle but could not keep up, so called police. Mr Poll was pronounced dead at the scene. His friends, who were not injured, were said to be extremely shaken by the incident which happened at about 2.20am.
Miss Berridge from Tipton, who laid flowers in Hollyhedge Road yesterday, said: "Scott put me in a taxi but did not get in because he did not have enough money. So him and his mates started to walk home.
"His friends told me he was trying to stop a taxi on the walk home when he was hit. They told me it was a black cab that hit him. It's awful.
"His uncles have still got to go and identify the body and his mum is devastated."
Her card read "Rest in peace darling. My darling Scott, I know we were only together five months but it was the best five months of my life. I love you so much and I always will. You will always be part of me. Love you so much x Lauren."
Another card read: "To Scott loved and remembered, a tragic loss. Keep you in our hearts and thoughts always. Karen, Martyn, Ross and Lauren xxxx"
Detective Inspector Mark Ryder, of Sandwell North CID, said Mr Poll was in Hollyhedge Road at the junction with Pennyhill Lane outside the Crown and Anchor pub when the fatal hit-and-run occurred.
The cab turned left into Thursfield Close then took a right onto Walsall Road, and went over two roundabouts before turning left into Hall Green Road.
Detective Inspector Ryder said: "The boy had been at a pub with his friends and a girlfriend and, after putting her in a cab, started his walk home. They had been drinking but there is nothing to indicate that these lads were in any way drunk.
"It appears he was crossing the road when he was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop.
"It sped off from the scene, travelling some distance before the victim was left dying in Hall Green Road, just under a mile away.
"His friends had tried to chase after the vehicle but obviously could not keep up and when they lost it they called the police.
"Following the call, it was a police officer who found the boy who had suffered quite considerable injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene."
Officers will be examining CCTV footage from cameras along Walsall Road and in the Stone Cross area, where Mr Poll's body was discovered.
Det Insp Ryder added that detectives were following "definite lines of inquiry" regarding the vehicle and appealed for the driver to get in touch with the police.
"I think it is fair to say that having collided with a 17-year-old boy they would know somewhere along the line that this has happened and there may be damage to the vehicle," he said.
"It would be fairly quiet around the area, which comprises of residential streets, but there may have been some traffic and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward."
A worker at the Manor House Pub said: "Police appeared in the street at around 2.30am. We are really shocked by what happened. I've been told he was in a bad way when he was found."
* Anyone with information can call West Bromwich CID on 0845 113 5000.