14th Nov, 2018

Coventry toddler who died in tragic crash named

A Coventry toddler who died in a tragic crash on Sunday has been named.

Umar Akhalwaya, aged two, died in hospital where his mum remains critically ill following a collision on Sunday April 8.

The boy and his mother had been visiting family when they were struck by a Volkswagen Bora in Stoney Stanton Road at around 9pm.

The two-year-old was taken to hospital with severe injuries but could not be revived and died a short time later.

His mother, aged 32, suffered multiple fractures and remains in a critical condition; three other siblings were unhurt.

The car stopped at the scene and a 39-year-old man, the driver of the vehicle, is assisting police with enquiries.

Stoney Stanton Road was closed for several hours while emergency services attended the scene and investigators probed the circumstances of the crash.

Detective sergeant Paul Hughes, from the force’s Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Some witnesses have come forward and I am grateful to everyone who has spoken to us. There was a large number of people at the scene and if anyone witnessed the collision and hasn’t yet spoken to us I would urge them to make contact.

“I would ask people at this stage not to speculate on what happened and to consider the further distress this may cause the family. They need our combined support to help them through this dreadful time.

“Specialist family liaison officers are with the family who are understandably distraught; they are being kept fully updated.”

Anyone with information should contact the collision investigation unit on 101 or by email FL_INVESTIGATION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 2460 08/04/18

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