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Family pays tribute to 62-year-old hit and run victim

Krishna Devi Droch was 62-years-old. Photo: West Midlands Police

The family of a hit and run victim have paid tribute to the ‘foundation’ of their family.

Krishna Devi Droch, who was 62-years-old, was hit as she crossed Rookery Road near its junction with Soho Road in Handsworth at around 11am on Thursday 9 November.

The victim’s relatives have today released the following tribute:

Our family has been left heartbroken. Krishna Devi Droch was not only a mother but a daughter, sister, grandmother and aunt.

This is not only a loss to the family, but a loss to the community. Through her kindness and support she was the foundation of our family.

Although nothing can ever replace what we have lost, her love and care will stay with us forever.

We urgently appeal to anyone who has information about the incident - please come forward.

– Family tribute

Following an investigation, three people were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and have since been released pending further investigation.

A fourth person, a 47-year-old man, handed himself in at a police station yesterday night (Friday 10 November) and has been questioned today (Saturday 11 November) after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police think three cars were involved in the incident.

Police at the scene. Credit: ITV News Central

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, of West Midlands Police has said:

We think that a Vauxhall Zafira was being followed by a Corsa and a Mondeo as it travelled along Rookery Road. The Zafira then crossed to the wrong side of the road around a ‘keep left’ bollard and it is at this point that it struck the victim as she crossed the road.

All three vehicles sped off after the collision; however the Zafira was found burned out just two hours later in Romulus Close.

We have since also recovered the Corsa and the Mondeo and all three vehicles are being forensically examined.

Specially trained officers continue to support the family and the thoughts of officers remain with them at this sad time.

– Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, West Midlands Police