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29th Nov, 2021

Heartbroken family pay tribute to 'best mommy' who died after hit and run in Castle Bromwich

Sarah Mason 17th Nov, 2021

THE HEARTBROKEN family have paid tribute to ‘the best mommy in the world’ who was died after a hit an run in Castle Bromwich.

Catherine Francis was left fatally injured after being struck by a Toyota Aygo on November 13 around 1.25am on Bradford Road between Heathland Avenue and Hall Road.

The 29-year-old died in hospital on November 15.

West Midlands Police have been hunting the driver and say they have now recovered the Toyota which was found abandoned in the Kingshurst area.

Catherine’s family has paid a touching tribute to her and have appealed for the driver who left the scene to come forward.

The tribute says: “Catherine was the kindest, bubbliest, most generous and wonderful sister, daughter, auntie, and friend you could ever wish to meet…and the best Mommy in the world to her beautiful five-year-old daughter.

“Our world has been ripped apart.

“We can’t believe that life can be so cruel.

“Catherine has been stolen from us in the most horrific and unimaginable way.

“The sudden death of a loved one is hard for anybody to deal with, but for Catherine to have died in these circumstances, at such a young age, is just incomprehensible.

“We as a family appeal for any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.”

Sergeant Adam Garbett, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our investigation is progressing and a Toyota Aygo has been recovered nearby.

“We believe this may be the vehicle involved and it will be forensically examined as part of our investigation into the collision.

“I would also ask people to think about maybe a neighbour or friend who has a Toyota Aygo, that they haven’t seen since the weekend, to let us know.”

Anyone with information or dash cam footage from around the time of the collision should contact police on 101 or via live chat at, or email and quote 562 from November 13.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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