The woman who was mowed down and killed after being hit by a Range Rover Sport was a singer tipped to star on the West End stage.
Joanna Reyes, 37, was standing on a traffic island in the middle of a busy road when the vehicle struck her late on Thursday night.
She had been drafted in to play the leading role in the comedy musical Urinetown and had just finished rehearsing when she was hit.
Ms Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene near the Troxy events venue in Limehouse, east London, just after midnight this morning.
Her agent Linda Bradley said it feels like she has lost a ‘daughter’ rather than a client following the tragic incident on Thursday night.
A 44-year-old male driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Ms Bradley said Ms Reyes – who had just been signed by West End talent agency PMA London – was the ‘most vibrant person’.
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.’
Ms Bradley added: ‘She was tipped for the West End and was drafted in to play a leading role in Urinetown.
‘The cast, and everyone, is just broken by this devastating news. As you can imagine the loss is like losing a close family member. Joanna will continue to shine like a diamond forever.’
Officers were called to Commercial Road by the London Ambulance Service at 11.23pm on Thursday night.
The woman, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene in east London after being struck by a Range Rover Sport
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘At this early stage of the investigation, it is believed that the victim was standing on an island in the middle of the road when she was struck by a white Range Rover Sport.
‘Officers and London’s Air Ambulance attended. The female pedestrian, aged in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.01am on Friday, November 18.
‘Next of kin have been informed and formal identification is yet to take place. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.’
Witnesses should contact the appeal line on 0208 3453 4955.