March 15, 2019
Two children have been killed after their car was hit by another car allegedly involved in a street race along the main road in Wolverhampton, UK.
According to reports, a blue Audi A3 and a White Bentley GTC were racing through the streets of Wolverhampton shortly before 9 pm. The street race ended in tragedy when the blue Audi slammed into a BMW.
The BMW which was being driven by a family was not involved in the race. A 23-month-old toddler and a boy, 10, who were in the BMW were pronounced dead at the scene. Their mother was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
The street is known for illegal racing. The driver of the Audi A3, which was involved in the crash, fled from the scene.
Several members of the public rushed to help the victims after the accident. Many tried to perform CPR in the road to save the injured children.
One resident near the scene of the accident, who asked not to be named, said:
"I didn’t see it but I heard it – two cars must have been racing. My son ran to the window and said ‘they are racing dad’ and then we heard an almighty bang. My missus ran down to see if she could help and all the police and ambulance workers were there. You could see the police officers stopping the traffic were really, really distressed."
A local care worker revealed that several crashes had occurred at the junction in the past 18 months. He says many motorists drive through the intersection even when the traffic lights are red.
Another man, who saw the aftermath said:
"I didn’t see the accident itself but I think it was at about 8.40pm. There were a few cars involved and one car had been pushed through the railings." Adding, "There were car seats in the back. It was completely written off with the airbags deployed. There was a man lying in the road and he looked injured, and I heard a woman screaming about 10 minutes after it had happened. It’s very sad to hear that children have been killed."
Police confirmed the driver, 31, of the Bentley was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said:
"This is an extremely tragic set of circumstances which has left a family totally devastated. Staff from our dedicated family liaison unit are now supporting them. I would appeal directly to the driver of the Audi to make contact with us. You may not be fully aware of the full tragic circumstances but you now need to speak to us. I would also ask the public who have any information or recall seeing a blue Audi S3 and a white Bentley Continental convertible travelling along the Birmingham New Road to make contact. The investigation is in its early stages and I would also ask the public to think about the family at this tragic time and not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the collision."