Cardiff hit-and-runs: Police question 31-year-old man

Floral tributes outside the Fire Station in Ely, Cardiff, where Karina Menzies, 31, was killed Photo: ITV News Wales

Police are continuing to question a 31-year-old man arrested following a series of hit-and-run collisions in Cardiff on Friday afternoon.

A 31-year-old woman - named locally as Karina Menzies - has died, while thirteen other people were injured. Formal identification has yet to take place.

The dead woman has been named locally as 31-year-old Karina Menzies Credit: Twitter

Two adults remain "critical but stable" in intensive care, while five children are still being treated

A 23-month-old child is the youngest casualty, and the eldest is a 49-year-old woman.

"We are hopeful that some of those will be released from hospital as the weekend progresses" said Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley.

He added that they are keeping "an open mind" about the circumstances of the collisions, but added there is "no suggestion" that anyone else was involved.

According to witness reports, a man driving a white Iveco van appeared to deliberately knocked people down at several locations across the capital.

Police have appealed for information about a black Renault Clio seen driving on the wrong side of the road of Western Avenue, not far from Cowbridge Road West, where one crash happened.

The full list of locations were:

  • Crossways Rd - Boy, aged 9, arm and leg injuries; girl, 8, head injury; woman, 29, walking wounded
  • Reptile Centre - Woman, 22, leg injuries; girl, 2, facial injuries; man, 24, minor injuries
  • Ely Fire Station - Woman, 32, killed; girl, 23 months, observations only; girl, 8, head injury
  • Grand Ave shops, Ely: Man, 32, multiple injuries; girl, 10, arm injury; girl, 12, back injury
  • Leckwith Retail Park, Leckwith: Woman, 27, head injury; woman, 49, multiple injuries

"It's shocking" said longtime Ely resident Kevin Coakley. "We're all angry, we're upset, we're confused and we want answers".

"Ely's a good place. I've lived here all my life. We're a good community, and the strength and support we had yesterday showed the community came together yet again".

Floral tributes outside Ely Fire Station where a 32-year-old woman was killed and several others were injured. Credit: ITV News
Handwritten tributes and candles have been left

Today, the First Minister paid tribute to the efforts of the emergency services.

I have been deeply shocked by these events and my thoughts are with the families of those who have been most affected by what’s happened.

I would like to thank all the emergency services who are dealing with the consequences of these horrendous events.

– FIRST MINISTER CARWYN JONES
A large police presence yesterday at Ely Fire Station, one of the scenes of the collisions Credit: ITV News Wales

Police received calls about an incident in Crossways Road in Ely at 3.30pm on Friday.

This was soon followed by other reports of hit-and-run collisions in several locations in the west of the city, including Grand Avenue, Cowbridge Road West and the Leckwith Retail Park.

The injured - which include seven children - have been treated at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

On Friday night, a spokesperson for Cardiff & the Vale University Health Board described the conditions of the survivors.

The injuries have consisted of fractures and some bone injuries, some of which are serious.

There was an outstanding effort by the staff in dealing with the specialist nature of the injuries, and all patients were dealt with appropriately.

I would like to pay tribute to the professionalism and the outstanding efforts of the staff when dealing with the situation and also obviously the other emergency services including the ambulances.

– DR GRAHAM SHORTLAND, CARDIFF & VALE UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD