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Young man dies after stolen car crashes in Birmingham

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.

A 24-year-old died in the accident Credit: West Midlands Police

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.


Pregnant Coventry road collision woman named

A pregnant Coventry woman who died after a road traffic collision has been named by police as Anna Garniec.

The 33-year-old, who was seven months pregnant, died on Friday 29 November just after 5.30pm on London Road, near to the junction with Abbey Road.

Anna Garniec died in Coventry road traffic collision Credit: West Midlands Police

The expectant mother lived in Willenhall, but was originally from Poland. She was taken to hospital after the collision involving a blue Nissan Almeira, but despite extensive efforts to save her and her unborn baby, both were pronounced dead.

Police Constable Damian Gibson, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Family liaison officers have been appointed to support the woman’s family at this very difficult time.

"London Road is a busy road and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision on Friday evening."

The driver of the Nissan, a 57-year-old local man, was voluntarily interviewed and continues to co-operate with officers.

Woman denies causing deaths of two toddlers

A woman has denied causing the deaths of two toddlers who were killed when their pushchairs were involved in a car crash.

Sharmila Mistry, 41, denied two counts of causing death by driving without due care and attention in a BMW 520d, during a short hearing at Leicester Crown Court.

One-year-old, Oliwier Baczyk, and Zofia Tabaka, two, both died in hospital after the crash on August 6 last year.

The accident happened at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate in Leicester.

Mistry will face trial at Leicester Crown Court on March 4 next year.

The trial is expected to last three days.

Police appeal after woman's death in Erdington crash

Police are appealing for more information after a crash in Erdington in Birmingham in which a woman died.

Officers were called out to a collision at Gravelly Hill involving a transit van and a car at around 1:30am this morning.

Four passengers in the car, one man and three women, were taken to hospital, where an 18-year-old woman was pronounced dead just after 3am.

The man remains in a life threatening condition.

A 19-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Tribute to woman who died in RTC on Saturday

The family of 27-year old Rachel Maddox, who died when her car crashed near Shrewsbury at the weekend, have paid tribute to their "beautiful star".

Rachel, who lived in Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, was alone in her car when it left the B5067 Berwick Road at Dunn's Heath at around 10:40am on Saturday.

Her parents Bob and Jane Maddox from Bayston Hill, together with brother Andrew and boyfriend Tarek, today issued their own tribute.

The family would like to thank everyone for all the support we have received. It is a real comfort to know she has touched so many people's lives.

All the messages and photos show what a wonderful, beautiful girl she is, no airs and graces, just Rachel being Rachel.

– Family statement


Man named following car crash death

Police have named a motorist who died after his car crashed into a bus on a recently-gritted road in Coventry.

22-year-old Kieron Bradnick was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which happened at around 8:15pm on Saturday in The Windmill Hill, Allesley.

Police have said weather is not thought to have been a factor in the crash.

The driver of the bus sustained leg injuries and was taken to hospital. Around 10 passengers on the bus were treated for minor injuries.

We are investigating what has led the death of this young man.

With this in mind, I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the car and bus before the crash to get in touch.

– Sergeant Tim Rogers, West Midlands Regional Collision Investigation Unit

Man sentenced following crash that killed two people

A man who admitted causing a crash which killed two people has been jailed at Nottingham Crown Court.

Craig Simpson, 42, of Hume Drive, Uddington, Glasgow, was sentenced to 21 months and disqualified from driving for four years.

He was travelling at 80mph along the A6097 near Epperstone, Nottinghamshire, on 26th August 2011 when he lost control of his Saab convertible. The speed limit on the road is 50mph.

His car collided with a Nissan Qashqai of which a family of five were travelling in. The driver of the Nissan, Mark Gallagher, was killed along with Mr Simpson's partner who was in the passenger seat of the Saab. Mr Gallagher's wife was seriously injured and spent almost three months in hospital.

Mark’s entire family has been left completely devastated by his tragic and untimely death. They remain extremely saddened that a combination of speed and careless driving on the part of the defendant were responsible for this completely avoidable collision which took Mark’s life.

– Rebecca Hearsey, Gallagher family solicitor
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