A FUNDRAISING drive has been launched in memory of Solihull mum of two Jacqui Witham who tragically died after being hit by a car while cycling along Friday Lane last Wednesday, January 12.
Forty-six-year-old Jacqui, nee Sidley, was between Hampton Lane and the M42, in Barston at around 10am when the incident happened.
West Midlands Police initially thought the collision involved one car, a Nissan Juke, but CCTV footage has shown that another car, a Renault Clio, was also involved.
Both cars have been recovered and will be forensically examined, and both drivers are helping with the investigation.
Jacqui, who has two daughters aged five and eight, suffered serious injuries and died a short time afterward the incident.
Now her best friend, Emma Hipkiss has set up a Go Fund Me page to help her family over the next few months, and to cover the cost of a funeral celebration of Jacqui’s life.
Leading the tributes, her parents said: “The brightest light in our lives was cruelly taken away from us on January 12 at 9.52am.
“Our beautiful 46-year-old daughter Jacqui was riding her bike along this lane when an incident happened with two vehicles and our beautiful Jacqui on her bike, which caused fatal injuries.
“We are appealing to anyone who was in this area at this time who may have any information the police can follow up to help our grieving family try to deal with this immeasurable loss.
“Jacqui has two daughters, aged five and eight, who we are all comforting at this heart-breaking time.”
At the roadside ‘Mr G’ wrote: “I can’t believe I am saying goodbye…no one should ever go out cycling and not return to their loved ones.
“You were one of, if not, the most loveliest front of house person I have ever met in my working life.”
Another simply read: “Sidders your smile could light a thousand rooms. Night night beautiful.”
West Midlands Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and have information or dash cam footage to contact them via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, call 101, or email [email protected] and quote log 1080 of January 12.
To contribute to the fundraising campaign, visit: https://gofund.me/933a247c