Two-week-old boy killed as BMW hits pavement, crushes pram against wall in front of 'hysterical' parents
The BMW first crashed into another vehicle before killing the baby, and the driver fled the scene soon after the incident
A two-week-old boy died on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 4, after his pram was hit by a car in Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands in England. As per reports, officers are investigating the case after the child and his mother were "pinned against a wall" after the driver "careered" onto the pavement. The collision involved a BMW1 Series with a Ford B-Max. The Sun reported that the BMW had "mounted" the pavement and then "ploughed" into shops and the pram.
The Daily Mail reported that the BMW was also involved in another collision on High Street with another car before it hit the child's pram around 4 pm. The publication revealed that the baby was being "pushed along" the pavement by his family when the accident took place and was left with "serious" injuries. Unfortunately, as he was being rushed to the hospital, paramedics were unable to save his life.
What happened during the collision?
A witness to the incident told Sun Online that the child's parents were "hysterical" after the collision, and many people around them were trying to help them calm down. The witness said, "All I saw was a car that had pinned a baby in a buggy up a iron gate. It had just happened as I left the island to enter Brownhills High Street to go home. I just stopped to see if I could do anything, but was unable to help." Besides the child's horrific death, a relative also suffered a shoulder injury, nobody else was injured.
As per West Midlands Police, the driver of the BMW fled the scene after the incident. It was also later reported that a man, 34, was arrested in Bloxwich "shortly" afterward. While his identity has not been revealed, the man has been taken into custody. The publication further revealed that he will be questioned on "suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving". As for now, the section of the street where the unfortunate incident took place has been closed so investigation can be done.
Sergeant Mark Crozier revealed, "A baby has tragically died and we'll be doing all we can to support his family during this deeply devastating time. We're in the process of speaking to witnesses and establishing the circumstances around this collision." He added, "I would ask anyone who was in the area and has information which can assist our enquiries, to come forward. We understand the shock this will have caused but I would ask people not to speculate on what happened."
A West Midlands Police spokesman said, "A two-week-old baby has died after being hit by a car in Brownhills this afternoon (4 April). A BMW is understood to have been involved in a collision in High Street with another car before striking his pram at around 4 pm. The young boy was being pushed along the pavement by family at the time and suffered serious injuries. He was rushed to hospital but nothing could be done to save him. A relative suffered a shoulder injury but nobody else was injured." He added, "The driver left the scene but a 34-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards. He has been taken into custody and will be questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving."