Children, 9 and 10, killed in horrific 'street race' car crash, devastated mother heard screaming: 'My babies, my babies!'
The two children, 9 and 10, died after the white BMW that they were in crashed with a speeding blue Audi at a busy junction in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, on March 14 evening
A mother was heard screaming "my babies, my babies" after her two young sons were killed on the spot in a car crash that took place as a result of a "street race".
The two children, 9 and 10 years old, died after the white BMW that they were in crashed with a blue Audi at a busy junction in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, on March 14 evening. The devastated mother, who was severely injured in the incident and is still undergoing treatment in a hospital, was heard screaming out in horror as the paramedics tried in vain to save her sons.
The Daily Mail reported that the Audi was believed to be in an illegal street race with a white Bentley Continental when the family's BMW crashed into the vehicle. The driver of the Audi fled the scene at the junction of Birmingham New Road and Lawnswood Avenue.
The area was cordoned off by the authorities after the crash took place at around 8:45 pm on Thursday and was shut until 3:40 am. The area is said to be a hot spot for dangerous driving and the police, along with other local authorities, have previously appealed to the High Couty to get by-laws approved to ban people from taking part in the races.
A resident who lives nearby told the Birmingham Mail: "My son went out and could hear someone screaming my 'babies my babies'." Another resident said: "We've been here for over thirty years and there's a lot of accidents. There's was loads of people and ambulances we had to divert to get home. People were getting off the busses and walking."
Tanveer Hussain, a taxi driver, said that he saw two cars going past him "very, very fast" about a mile away from the crash site. The 32-year-old taxi driver then said that he pulled up to the scene of the crash and claimed to identify the man who was driving the Bentley.
While describing how the two cars passed him very fast, he said: "I was further up the road, by McDonald's, and two cars overtook me. If I am doing 35 to 40, they were doing much more." He then explained that he heard a loud bang shortly after and then saw the crash site. Hussain added: "I got out of my car and other lads tended to the children. What I saw was terrible. It was too much. The mother was just in shock."
A man who lives close to the crash site said that he heard what sounded like a "woman screaming" a few minutes after the impact. He said: "I didn't see the accident itself but I think it was at about 8.40 pm. There were a few cars involved and one car had been pushed through the railings." He described the white BMW saying: "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."
The scene at the junction of the two busy roads. pic.twitter.com/Jqf8rJNMOe— Liam Keen (@LiamKeen_Star) March 15, 2019
West Midlands Police's Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, 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 traveling 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."
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added: "On arrival, ambulance staff found a number of members of the public tending to those involved in the crash. There were three patients who all came from the same car. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save the two young boys who had been badly hurt and they were confirmed dead at the scene."
"A woman who had been driving the car was assessed and treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to the major trauma center at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Her injuries are not life-threatening. There were no other patients."
Anyone with information is urged to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8 am and midnight or call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 2580 of 14 March.