'Our world has been ripped apart' - Tributes paid to Castle Bromwich hit-and-run victim

Catherine Francis Credit: West Midlands Police

A woman seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, at the weekend, has died.

Catherine Francis, who's 29-year-old, died in hospital on Monday November 15, after being hit by a car in Bradford Road between Heathland Avenue and Hall Road at around 1.25am on Saturday November 13.

Catherine’s family have paid tribute to her, saying she was the "best Mommy in the world".

In a statement, they said: "Catherine was the kindest, bubbliest, most generous and wonderful sister, daughter, auntie, and friend you could ever wish to meet... and the best Mommy in the world to her beautiful five-year-old daughter."

Catherine Francis died after being hit by a car in Bradford Road between Heathland Avenue and Hall Road Credit: Google Street View

Ms Francis's family added: "Our world has been ripped apart. We can't believe that life can be so cruel. Catherine has been stolen from us in the most horrific and unimaginable way. 

"The sudden death of a loved one is hard for anybody to deal with, but for Catherine to have died in these circumstances, at such a young age, is just incomprehensible. 

"We as a family appeal for any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem."

Police have recovered a car found abandoned in the Kingshurst area which they believe was involved in the collision and are appealing for the driver who left the scene to come forward. 

Sergeant Adam Garbett, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Our thoughts remain with Catherine's family and we are supporting them at this devastating time.

"Our investigation is progressing and a Toyota Aygo has been recovered nearby."

He added: "We believe this may be the vehicle involved and it will be forensically examined as part of our investigation into the collision.

"I would also ask people to think about maybe a neighbour or friend who has a Toyota Aygo, that they haven’t seen since the weekend, to let us know."

"I would also appeal directly to the driver to think long and hard.  Now is the time to do the right thing and come and speak to us."