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Woman killed in horror crash named by police

A woman from Coventry who died in a horror smash with another car has today been named as Kristina Jakusa.

The 37-year-old, originally from Latvia, was travelling along Sydnall Road in Longford, Coventry, at around 10pm on July 13 when the blue Volkswage Bora she was in crashed with a black Ford Focus.

Kristina Jakusa, from Coventry, was killed in the crash which left several others injured
Kristina Jakusa, from Coventry, was killed in the crash which left several others injured Credit: West Midlands Police

Several others from both cars were also injured in the crash.

Sgt Neil Higgins appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact officers on 101.

We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision in which Kristina sadly died, and our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.

Obviously they want to know exactly how Kristina came to lose her life on that day and it is important that we are able to give them the answers they so desperately need.

I would urge anyone with information ? no matter how insignificant it may seem - to come forward. All details can help us piece together what happened.

– Sgt Neil Higgins, West Midlands Police

A man in his 20s from Coventry has been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.


Hereford United beaten 6-0 in non publicised match

Hereford United were beaten 6-0 by Turkish side Besiktas last night.

The friendly match was not publicised to fans or the media until it was revealed by the club on Twitter shortly before kick-off, the Hereford Times has reported.

Hereford cannot play matches at Edgar Street in front of fans because of safety concerns from Herefordshire Council.

It has been reported the match took place somewhere near Leeds.

£2,000 donated to hospice which helped girl's mother

More than £2,000 has now been raised
More than £2,000 has now been raised Credit: JustGiving

More than £2,000 has been donated to a Warwickshire Hospice in memory of a mother from the Midlands who died of cancer earlier this year.

Gail Stevens' daughter Maddie set up a JustGiving page to raise money.

Donations have come in thick and fast since it emerged her school, St Giles Junior in Bedworth, had banned 11-year-old Maddie from a school trip which rewarded students with 100 per cent attendance, because she had taken a day off for her mother's funeral.

Maddie's father, Andy, said the support has been overwhelming.

"We really cannot believe it. It’s gone completely mad, and we’ve had so many offers. It’s just been unbelievable.

We did not expect any of this, and we didn’t tell our story because we wanted something.

It’s been great that there have not been many people who think we were wrong to complain about it.

We’ve had all sorts of offers coming through from people who want to pay for Maddie to have a meal.

But the nicest thing of all is that donations for Maddie’s Myton Hospices charity page have gone mad. That’s absolutely brilliant."

– Andy, Maddie's father
Maddie with her mother Gail
Maddie with her mother Gail Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)


Revealed: The top 10 worst excuses for stopping on the hard shoulder

The Highways Agency has revealed its top 10 worst excuses for parking up on the hard shoulder.

  • One motorist pulled over because they saw fire” on their dashboard display, it later turned out it was the name of the Adele track they were listening to.
  • One motorist parked up and fell asleep on the M6.
  • People stopping to read a map or check their sat navs.
  • Two car owners halfway through the selling and buying process for one of the cars.
  • One driver realised their car insurance policy was up for renewal – they were ringing around for quotes to renew.
  • A group of motorcyclists parked on the hard shoulder on the M1 to review their route and have a drink.
  • Taxi drivers waiting on the hard shoulder around airports for their client's flights to arrive.
  • A mobile phone operator, stopping at regular intervals in their private car carrying out signal tests on the hard shoulder.
  • A driver who stopped to pick flowers.
  • A couple who wanted to take pictures of their new born grandchild in their open top sports car, as it was "a lovely day".

It comes as figures revealed more than 400 drivers in the West Midlands had broken the by stopping in the restricted lane, despite there not being an emergency.

Hundreds of drivers stopping illegally on hard shoulder

Salesmen trading cars, people picking flowers, and stopping to take a pretty picture are among just some of the excuses used by drivers for stopping illegally on motorway hard shoulders in the West Midlands.

Official records show hundreds of people across the region stopped on the hard shoulder when there was no emergency in just three months last year.

It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme
It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme Credit: PA

One man even told officers from the Highways Agency that he thought the word 'Fire' flashing up on his dashboard meant his car was ablaze - apparently not realising that was the name of the Adele hit he was listening to.

A total of 418 drivers in the West Midlands broke the law between July and September last year - and motorway police are now urging people to make sure they use the hard shoulder properly.

It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme.

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