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Leathers save motorcyclist's life

Paramedics say the driver of this motorcycle would have died if not for his leathers Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics who treated a motorcyclist after a road accident on Thursday 26 May say the full leathers he was wearing saved his life.

The 24-year-old man was involved in a crash on Witton Lodge Road in Erdington at 11.20pm on Thursday.

He was taken to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.

A spokesperson from the West Midlands Ambulance Service said the value of wearing motorcycling leathers cannot be underestimated:

The 24-year-old was found some distance away from where his badly damaged bike was. A parked car was also damaged nearby.

The man had suffered chest injuries but the full ‘leathers’ that he was wearing had done their job and protected from many other injuries.

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman


84-year-old woman critically injured in Birmingham collision

An elderly woman is critically ill in hospital after being injured in a collision in Erdington yesterday afternoon.

The car was turning from Goosemoor Lane on to Court Lane. Credit: Google Street View

The 84-year-old was a passenger in a white Hyundai i10 which was turning right out of Goosemoor Lane on to Court Lane just after 3pm.

There was a collision between this car and a white Seat Leon as they both travelled in the same direction along Court Lane.

It resulted in both vehicles mounting the pavement and hitting a lamppost.

The woman suffered serious head and internal injuries.

The driver of the Seat Leon was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and bailed pending further enquiries.

Several witnesses stopped at the scene and have been spoken to, but I would urge anyone else who may have seen what happened or the vehicles travelling along Court Lane to contact me and my team.

– Sergeant Alan Wood, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit

The road was closed for a number of hours to allow for a forensic reconstruction and for the debris to be cleared.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log reference 1354 of 15 May 2016.


Woman's body found in burnt-out car identified

The woman has been named as 27-year-old Tia Kounota. Credit: PA

A woman whose body was discovered in a burnt-out car in Birmingham has been named as 27-year-old Tia Kounota.

It was found on Tuesday night after emergency services were called to Fentham Road in Erdington.

34-year-old Damian Dinobewei has been remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates charged with her murder.

Detectives now want to trace the movements of a bright pink Audi A3 convertible and those travelling in it, which was in found on fire at 8.30pm.

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