September 27th, 2016

Tributes paid to victim of Shirley car smash tragedy

Updated: 5:08 pm, May 07, 2015

FLOWERS and tributes adorn the spot where a 59-year-old man lost his life in a tragic car crash at the weekend.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Bills Lane in Shirley after the collision between a Range Rover and a Vauxhall Astra on Sunday afternoon (August 17).

A nine-year-old boy, a passenger in the Astra, was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment to serious injuries.

But the 59-year-old driver of the Astra, who has been named locally as Steve, sadly died at the scene despite the best efforts of the emergency crews.

A 19-year-old man, who was driving the Range Rover, was arrested shortly after the tragedy on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been released on bail pending further enquiries, which include the studying of CCTV images from nearby which may hold answers to the crash,.

Floral tributes now cover the site, with emotional tributes left by friends and family for the much-loved victim.

One of the tributes (pictured) read: “Such a complete waste of life, hope you rest in peace and justice will be served.”

Former Solihull Police chief Sally Bourner ‏took to Twitter to offer her condolences.

She said: “My thoughts go out to family & friends following yesterday afternoon’s fatal traffic collision in Shirley – @Trafficwmp investigating.”

Police are meanwhile still appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Sergeant Tim Rogers, from the force’s collision investigation unit, said: “We are eager to speak to anyone who may have seen the collision or who saw the vehicles travelling in the area of Bills Lane shortly before the crash.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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