The jury has heard a transcript of a police interview with Sharmila Mistry which took place hours after the crash on 6 August 2012. She is accused of causing the death of two toddlers through careless driving.
Mistry told police she was driving in the right hand lane on Narborough Road. "The next thing I knew the airbags had blown up and I couldn't see in front of me," she continued. "I held onto the steering wheel and slammed on the brakes".
"I felt the judder of the car onto the island and felt a couple of posts hitting the car. I got out on the passenger side and was obviously shocked. I looked and saw the family on the floor. I saw the dad cradling one of the kids".
– Sharmila Mistry
The 41-year-old from Bushby in Leicestershire denies two counts of causing death by careless driving.
A driver accused of causing the deaths of two toddlers in a car crash in Leicester is expected to give evidence in her defence today. Sharmila Mistry's BMW collided with a Mini which had gone through a red light at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate.
The impact diverted her car into two children in pushchairs - Oliwier Baczyk, aged one, and Zofia Tabaka, aged two. Both died of severe head injuries. The driver of the Mini has since died in circumstances unrelated to the crash.
The prosecution claims Mistry failed to take action which could have reduced the chance of the collision in August 2012.
Mistry from Bushby in Leicestershire denies two counts of causing death by careless driving.
West Midlands Ambulance Service have released a statement following the death of a man who was involved in a car crash on Ansty Road, in Coventry.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:
“The driver of one car, a man, was seriously injured. Ambulance crews administered advanced emergency treatment at the scene before conveying the man by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
"Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at hospital.
“The passenger from the same car, a woman, and the driver of the second car, a man, both sustained minor injuries. Both were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.”
This is a tragic incident where a young man has lost his life and a family has woken to the most horrific news this morning.
We are in the early stages of our inquiry and urge witnesses who were in the Balsall Heath area at around 2.30am and may have seen the Audi A6 prior to the collision to contact us.
Equally, the Audi is believed to have been stolen from the Hodge Hill area of the city some time last night and so we are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of Brockhurst Road.
A young man has died after a stolen car crashed into a wall in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.
Police were called to Balsall Heath shortly after 2.30am today after an Audi A6 collided with a wall at the junction of Clifton Road and Lime Grove.
Emergency services were quickly at the scene and three men were freed from the vehicle, but a 24-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead.
The man’s family have been informed.
Three men from the vehicle, aged 21, 22 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. The 25-year-old was also detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving. They remain in police custody this morning.