Wednesday, 17 Apr 2024

Boy, 12, killed in car crash while riding his bike in Birmingham

A 12-year-old cyclist has died after being struck by a car in Birmingham yesterday.

The boy was hit near a junction between Coventry Road and Berkeley Road in South Yardley shortly after 6.15pm.

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and being unfit through drugs.

He remains in custody.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘We are appealing for witnesses and in particular for people with dash cam footage to please contact us.

‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the boy and we are doing all we can to support them at this very difficult time.’

Officers had closed the A45 Coventry Road dual carriageway for more than six hours last night following the crash.

Buses were diverted due to the incident.

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed this morning that a boy had died in the collision, but would not give BirminghamLive his age due to ‘patient confidentiality’.

A second casualty, a man who was a pedestrian, was involved in a separate collision involving a car nearby but escaped with minor injuries and was taken to Heartlands Hospital for checks.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman told BirminghamLive: ‘Upon arrival, ambulance staff found a boy who was the cyclist. He was assessed and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

‘Ambulance staff administered advanced life support to him but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.’

Police say they are supporting the boy’s family with specially trained officers as they try to come to terms with what has happened.

Witnesses or people with information should call 101 quoting log number 4226 of 8 May or you can email detectives direct at [email protected] 

West Midlands Police has been contacted by Metro.co.uk for comment.

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