Man charged in investigation over fatal hit-and-run in Handsworth

By Andrew Turton | Birmingham | Crime | Published:

A man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash which claimed the life of a woman in Birmingham.

Krishna Devi Droch

Krishna Devi Droch was hit as she crossed Rookery Road, in Handsworth, at around 11am on November 9.

The 62-year-old died at the scene after the crash near the junction with Soho Road.

Darren Holness, aged 47, of Leonard Road, Handsworth, has been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the crash.

He was due to appear before Birmingham magistrates on Tuesday .

Three other people were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and have since been released pending further investigation.

Police believe three cars were involved and are continuing appeal for witnesses to contact them.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police, said: “We think that a Vauxhall Zafira was being followed by a Corsa and a Mondeo as it travelled along Rookery Road.

"The Zafira then crossed to the wrong side of the road around a ‘keep left’ bollard and it is at this point that it struck the victim as she crossed the road .


“All three vehicles sped off after the collision; however the Zafira was found burned out just two hours later in Romulus Close.

“We have since also recovered the Corsa and the Mondeo and all three vehicles are being forensically examined.

“Specially trained officers continue to support the family and the thoughts of officers remain with them at this sad time."

Anyone with information can call Collision Investigation Team on 101, quoting log 817 of 9 November.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
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