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‘Hit-and-run’ driver kills motorbiker and wife riding pillion – orphaning ‘their five children’

A husband and wife have been killed after a car ploughed into their motorbike.

The two victims were killed after the motorbike they were riding was hit by a blue Saab, in Acocks Green, Birmingham, at 5.45pm yesterday.

Paramedics rushed to the scene on Fox Hollies Road but the couple, who are believed to have five children together, were pronounced dead.

The blue Saab was later found by police nearby. 

A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The dual carriageway was closed for several hours while police crash investigators examined the scene.   

Lib-Dem councillor Roger Harmer lives 200 yards away from the crash site and said cars regularly speed on the road.

The two victims were killed after the motorbike they were riding was hit by a blue Saab, in Acocks Green, Birmingham, at 5.45pm yesterday (the scene pictured)

He said: ‘There is a dual carriageway but at parts of the road cars are parked on the inside lane.

‘This is fine if everyone goes 30mph because they have time to slow down and overtake the parked cars but this is not ok if people are speeding.

‘I would really like to see average speed cameras on this road.

‘The police regularly have mobile speed cameras on the road and they catch a lot of people.’  

Saif Minhas, 47, a dad of four and retailer, said: ‘We heard a bang from the road and ran out.

Paramedics dashed to the scene but the couple were pronounced dead. The victims were hit by a blue Saab which was later found by police nearby

Paramedics dashed to the scene but the couple were pronounced dead. The victims were hit by a blue Saab which was later found by police nearby

Police said they are 'particularly keen to hear from anybody who has dash cam footage'

Police said they are ‘particularly keen to hear from anybody who has dash cam footage’

Neighbours heard the crash and came out to see two people lying in the road. Forensic officer at the scene (pictured)

 Neighbours heard the crash and came out to see two people lying in the road. Forensic officer at the scene (pictured)

 ‘There were two people lying on the floor on the other side of the road and bleeding heavily.

‘The bike was ahead of them facing down the road. The car wasn’t there.

‘Lots of people were already with them and we checked for a pulse but there was nothing there.

‘I think the man was already dead, he was bleeding so heavily, but the paramedics kept trying to revive the woman.

‘It was quite traumatic hearing the collision and going over to see them dying.

‘We assumed there was a crash because they happen a lot around here but this is the first time someone has died.’ 

Grandfather-of-two and sales manager Andrew Gott, 75, said: ‘We didn’t notice until about ten minutes after it happened when about four ambulances and several police cars had arrived. 

Paramedics dashed to the scene on Fox Hollies Road but the couple, who are believed to have five children together, were pronounced dead

 Paramedics dashed to the scene on Fox Hollies Road but the couple, who are believed to have five children together, were pronounced dead

Police are appealing for information following the collision. A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

Police are appealing for information following the collision. A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

‘We saw the first person lying on the road in front of our house, the second person was about 10ft in front and the bike was another five feet down the road but facing backwards.

‘I think the first person, the man, died immediately, but they, the paramedics, were working to save the woman for about an hour.

‘From what I’ve heard they were husband and wife. If that’s the case then that is horrendous.

‘I couldn’t see them well at all and only noticed they had white skin. 

‘This road is horrendous and there have been five crashes since Christmas which is ridiculous, the council needs to do something.’

A woman, who wouldn’t give her name, said: ‘I saw the biker couple lying on the road after the crash then my neighbour showed me their CCTV.

Lib-Dem councillor Roger Harmer lives 200 yards away from the crash site and said cars regularly speed on the road. Debris left on the road (pictured)

Lib-Dem councillor Roger Harmer lives 200 yards away from the crash site and said cars regularly speed on the road. Debris left on the road (pictured)

‘You can see the Saab speed past the bike to overtake and then the bike loses control after it’s passed by.

‘It didn’t look like there was any contact, they just lost control.’

A resident living on the road said: ‘The crash happened on the opposite side of the road to me.

‘It happens every weekend because there is a long straight with two lanes but because of the weather loads of people were having barbecues so there were more cars parked on the road.

‘One of them had to pull into the outside lane to avoid a parked car and they collided.

‘It’s tragic but to the residents here it’s been an accident waiting to happen. We need speed cameras.’ 

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, of West Midlands Police’s collision investigation unit, said: ‘A man and woman have tragically died and our first thoughts are with their family members and friends at this traumatic time.

‘It’s still unclear exactly what happened and we’re in the process of trying to trace, and speak to, anyone who was in the area at the time.

‘We’re particularly keen to hear from anybody who has dash cam footage.

‘We’ll be doing all we can to support those who have lost loved ones tonight and I’d urge people to think of them and not widely speculate.

‘Please come to us with what information you have so we can help them by getting answers.’


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