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Birmingham crash: Interpreter for deaf students and scientist boyfriend named as victims

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 19/12/2017

The devastated family of an interpreter for deaf students who was killed in the horrific Birmingham crash have said 'the pain we are enduring is almost unbearable'

Lucy Davis, 43, a mum who worked as an interpreter for deaf students and her scientist boyfriend have been named among the victims of the Birmingham crash which claimed six lives .

Lucy and Lee Jenkins, 42, had been for dinner with friends before the tragedy happened in the early hours of Sunday, the Birmingham Mail reports .

Ms Davis was employed at Bournville College through an agency and helped deaf and students with hearing impairment with their studies.

She and her boyfriend, who worked at University Hospital Birmingham, died instantly when the cab in which they were passengers collided with a high-powered Audi S3 which careered across the central reservation.

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The taxi driver, father-of-six Imtiaz Mohammed, 33, was also killed along with three occupants of the Audi.

They were named by relatives as Kasar Jehangir, 25, and pals Tauqeer Hussain, 26, and Mohammed Fasha, 30.

She and her boyfriend, who worked at University Hospital Birmingham, died instantly when the cab in which they were passengers collided with a high-powered Audi S3 which careered across the central reservation.

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The taxi driver, father-of-six Imtiaz Mohammed, 33, was also killed along with three occupants of the Audi.

They were named by relatives as Kasar Jehangir, 25, and pals Tauqeer Hussain, 26, and Mohammed Fasha, 30.

Audi passenger Zakkria Khan, 22, survived the smash but remained in a serious condition in hospital, the Mirror reported.

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Lucy’s devastated sister Alison Worth, from Coventry, confirmed in a moving Facebook post that she had died.

She wrote this morning: “As some of you already know it was my beautiful kind lovely sister Lucy who died in the taxi.

“She and her boyfriend Lee had ended a lovely day and evening out with friends. Life is cruel.

“The pain we are enduring is almost unbearable.

"Please people be kind, as you never know what will happen next.

“They were in a taxi as they wouldn’t think of driving.

“They were wearing seat belts as Lulu wouldn’t get in a car if the seat belts didn’t work.

“They were happy. They were great together and had so many plans. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts. I miss you so much.”

Ms Davis’s childhood friend, Sally Davis, revealed they enjoyed a “lovely night” before the tragedy happened.

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She wrote on Facebook: “I was with them both hour half before it happened.

“She was happy, they were happy together. We had a lovely night.”

Ms Davis, from Sutton Coldfield, was a British Sign Language interpreter, while Lee was a highly-respected clinical scientist.

Her friend Audrey Whyte posted on Twitter: “The whole deaf community is mourning in Birmingham.”

She added: “My heart hurts for her young children, mum, friends and family.”

One of her students Danielle Judd, aged 19, who is on a hairdressing course at the college, paid tribute.

She said: “I am deaf and she helped me while I was on my hairdressing course at Bournville College.

“She was a brilliant interpreter and very helpful.

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West Midlands Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash, one of the worst accidents in the city’s history.

Dashcam footage from a police car last year showed officers chasing Jehangir as he and a passenger ditched bags of heroin on a motorway.

Officers drove through clouds of brown dust as the drugs were dumped out of the Audi's window before finally catching up with the pair.

He was in a high-powered Audi S3 with three friends which slammed head-on into a taxi.

Jehangir was jailed for 36 months in November 2016 for leading police on a chase in a near-identical Audi S3.

The heroin dealer refused to stop for officers as he drove on the southbound carriageway of the M6.

Dramatic dashcam footage released by police showed Jehangir and a passenger ditching their drugs stash.

The chase, which took place in July last year, began in Penkridge, Staffordshire, in the early hours of the morning.

Traffic police eventually stopped the Audi near Walsall and arrested Jehangir and the passenger.

They were forced to close the motorway to retrieve nearly 35 grammes of heroin, which had a purity of 58 per cent.

Jehangir admitted dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs in November last year.

He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of dangerous driving committed in Wolverhampton in 2015.

Jehangir received a 36-month sentence for the drugs charge and an 11-month concurrent term for driving offences.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pass an extended test before getting his licence back.

After he was jailed police said Jehangir had put “many lives at risk” with his “dangerous high-speed driving”.

The four occupants of the Audi involved in the weekend’s tragedy were all from the Small Heath area of Birmingham.

Zakkria’s mother Naheed Khan, 59, said he was a passenger in the Audi, which crossed the central reservation.

West Midlands Police have so far refused to say who was driving the vehicle at the time of the tragedy.

Mrs Khan denied claims the group were racing or speeding in the car, which had a top speed of 155mph.

She said: “Zakk was saving up to buy his own car. I don’t know who was driving or who’s car it was but I know that they were not racing anybody.

“A friend of mine was returning from her Christmas party and saw Zakk in the back of the car when it went past shortly before the accident.

“She said it was driving normally and wasn’t racing. They must have been on their way home when it happened.

“Zakk called me at 11.30pm and told me that he would be home by 1am, maybe a little earlier. I think they had been out for something to eat.

“When he didn’t come home I phoned and phoned but there was no answer.

“Then the police arrived at 4am and took us to the hospital. The doctors say it is a miracle that he has survived.

“They think he was thrown out of the car and landed on the road without hitting the wall.”

She said Zakk, who drives a fork lift truck at the Jaguar plant in Solihull, was now considered out of danger.

Citizen Khan star Adil Ray posted on Twitter that one of the victims was a family friend.

He wrote: “One of the boys who died in the crash in Birmingham was a relative of the family my father and uncle went to pilgrimage with.

“They’re considered family. Everyone devastated. Thoughts with all those suffering today. X”

Imtiaz Mohammed’s father, Ikhtiar, said the cabbie’s son and five daughters had been left devastated.

He said three of his daughters were still unaware of their father’s death - including one who celebrated her birthday today.

Ikhtiar, from Small Heath said: “His son who is 15 was upstairs crying. I said to him he won’t be coming back - you have to try and be brave.

“Some of the children are very young and we didn’t tell them yet. They have gone to school. The other three know that their daddy has passed away. It is very sad. It is a tragedy for everyone.”

Investigating officers said it was still too early to speculate on the cause of the crash.

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