A hired supercar costing £600 a day was involved in a horror death crash in Birmingham, it emerged today.
This was the scene of the wreckage after the fatal crash, which claimed the life of a woman believed to be a grandmother.
A 24-year-old man from the Acocks Green area of the city was today being quizzed by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The horror smash involved a £100,000 Audi R8 Spyder and a Ford Fiesta.
It happened at the junction of Shaftmoor Lane and Reddings Lane in Hall Green on Monday night.
The driver of the Audi fled the scene after the crash, which also left another woman seriously injured.
A man handed himself in to police a few hours later.
Paramedics and police frantically battled to try to save the victim, who was travelling in the Fiesta, but she died at the scene after suffering a cardiac arrest.
It is believed her name may have been Noreen and flowers and messages have been left at the scene.
The driver of the Fiesta, believed to be in her 50s and called Mary, had to be cut free from the wreckage by firefighters.
She was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she is being treated for multiple injuries.
It has today emerged the Audi was a hired car belonging to Birmingham-based ‘exotic car rental firm’ Zadens Car Hire.
Weeks before the crash, the firm was advertising the £100,000 car on its Facebook page.
A spokesman for the firm confirmed its car had been involved in the crash and said the company was assisting police with inquiries.
The company also hires out other prestige models including Range Rovers, Porsche and Mercedes.
The car in question, the V10 Spyder, was being advertised for drivers aged 28 and over. They can pay £600 for a day hire or £1,400 for the weekend as well as a £3,000 deposit.
The Audi R8 V10 Spyder is believed to be able to do 0 to 60mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph.
The crash happened at around 11.30pm on Monday night.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were all called to the scene and the road was closed off.
Claire Brown, spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “The passenger of one car, a woman, was in cardiac arrest and was being given CPR by police officers at the scene.
“Crews and the doctor took over resuscitation attempts and continued advanced life support on the woman.
“Sadly, despite efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.
“The driver of the same car, a woman in her 50s, sustained a serious chest injury. The woman was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“The driver of the second car had left the scene prior to the arrival of the emergency services.”
Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the tragedy.
One includes a cuddly Birmingham City mascot and says: “RIP Nanny Noreen, you will be missed by all of us’.
People have also taken to Facebook to leave tributes.
One person wrote: “RIP Noreen, gone but not forgotten.
“My thoughts are with your friends and family. Hope Mary makes a speedy recovery.”