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Police hunt hit and run driver as victim named

Claire Mackenzie killed in suspected hit and run Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have named a suspected hit and run victim as 35 year old Claire Mackenzie. She was found collapsed in Sutton New Road in Birmingham in the early hours of Friday morning.

We are keeping an open mind into what happened yesterday morning but we believe Claire was struck by a vehicle; the driver did not stop and we are appealing for that person to do the right thing and come forward and put across their side of the story.

– Sergeant Alan Wood

Claire's parents have paid tribute to their daughter, they said: "’Our beautiful fun-loving daughter Clair has been taken from us. We ask, as a family, to be given time and privacy to grieve for our sudden loss."


Soho road hit-and-run: Victim named as Surinder Kaur

Police have today named a woman who died in a hit-and-run in Handsworth as Surinder Kaur.

Surinder Kaur died after being hit by a car outside a gurudwara. Credit: West Midlands Police

The 61-year-old local woman was crossing the Soho Road outside the Guru Nanak temple at around 5.30pm on Friday when she was struck by a car travelling towards Birmingham.

The driver of the vehicle did initially stop at the scene but then drove away.

The vehicle believed to be involved in the collision. Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have released images of the model and the actual vehicle in an attempt to trace the driver:

A Vauxhall Astra VXR Artic Edition is said to be involved in the hit-and-run case. Credit: West Midlands Police

The vehicle involved is believed to be a Vauxhall Astra VXR Artic Edition, which is a limited edition model. It has a very distinctive black roof and wing mirrors.

The vehicle involved will have damage to the front nearside bumper.

I would appeal to anyone who saw the vehicle on that day or has seen one since that day with similar damage to contact either myself or my team.

In addition I would appeal direct to the driver of that vehicle to come forward. I know you stopped outside the temple and I know you got out of the vehicle and walked back towards the scene before driving away. Please do the right thing and get in touch with either myself or my team.

– Sergeant Paul Hughes, West Midlands Police’s Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with information should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Disqualified hit and run driver jailed for eight years

A disqualified driver who fled from the scene of a crash that killed a successful Coventry businesswoman has been jailed for eight years.

Nicky Gosal was going over the speed limit on Browns Lane in Coventry in December when he collided with Georgina Johnson's car.

Nicky Gosal was jailed for eight years Credit: West Midlands Police

Georgina was killed instantly as a result of the crash between her smart car and Godal's Mercedes SLK. Her vehicle caught fire and was completely destroyed.

Gosal fled the scene, knowing that Mrs Johnson was dead. The court heard that the 27-year-old concocted a lie that the car had been stolen and changed his clothes to avoid being found.

Georgina Johnson died instantly Credit: West Midlands Police

Gosal, from Surrey, was jailed yesterday for eight years and banned from driving for ten years after the jury unanimously found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Hit and run victim's grandson: "Don't let her death be in vain"

The grandson of an elderly woman knocked down by a hit and run driver has appealed for witnesses, adding “Don’t let her death be in vain”.

Waz Ali said the victim, aged 68, meant “everything” to him.

The pensioner, who has not been named, died in hospital several hours after being hit by a white Fiat Marea in Burney Lane, Alum Rock, just after 2pm on Tuesday.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Ali said: “Please, if anyone has any information don’t let my nan’s death be for no reason.

This scum could have killed someone from your family."

“She’s looking over all of us. Ain’t nobody stopping that. You weren’t just my gran you were my mum you were my everything."

– Waz Ali

The wanted driver was described as an Asian man of large build.


Police appeal for witnesses following hit and run

Police are hoping to speak with anybody who may have information regarding a hit and run in West Bromwich yesterday.

The incident happened in Black Lake at around 9:45pm. A man was crossing Hill Top when he was hit. The driver failed to stop at the scene.

To assist, I would ask that anyone who was in the area at the time the man was struck by the car to call us immediately.

I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who spots a car with front end damage and a broken windscreen.

– Sergeant Gavin Green, Regional Collision Investigation Unit

Man seriously injured after hit and run in West Bromwich

A police investigation is under way after a man was seriously injured having been hit by a car in West Bromwich last night, which failed to stop at the scene.

Initial enquiries suggest that a local man, believed to be in his 40s, was crossing Hill Top when he was hit by a car.

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene and a large-scale policing operation is now under way to find the driver responsible.

A 25-year-old West Bromwich man was arrested at 9am this morning from his home on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision. He remains in police custody while officers continue to appeal for witnesses.

Man knocked down in Birmingham dies

Steven Chappel Credit: WM Police

A man knocked down by a hit and run driver in Bordesley Green last week has died of his injuries.

Father-of-four, Steven Chappell, was struck by a silver Nissan Micra as he crossed Bordesley Green Road, near Adderley Park train station, at around 2:20pm on January 30.

The 49-year-old suffered serious head injuries from the impact and was pronounced dead in hospital yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Police arrested two people at an address in Sparkbrook – a 38-year old man and 26-year old woman – just hours after the collision, whilst a vehicle was seized nearby and has been examined by forensics experts.

They have been bailed pending analysis results of the forensics submissions.

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