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Police name man killed in hit and run crash as Rajesh Chand

By Harriet Evans | Birmingham | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A man has been killed in a hit and run crash prompting a major police appeal.

Rajesh Chand

Police say the man, named as Rajesh Chand, aged 29, from Handsworth, was found with serious head injuries at around 4am on Saturday.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

His family are being supported by dedicated Family Liaison officers.

Soho Road, in Handsworth, was closed as officers launched their investigation.

The scene on Soho Road after a man was killed in a suspected hit and run. Credit:@SnapperSk

Mr Chand’s family have today released a picture of their loved one and have asked that their privacy is respected at this time.

The 29-year-old was crossing the road when he was struck by a car which failed to stop at the scene.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody this afternoon.

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The scene on Soho Road after a man was killed in a suspected hit and run. Credit:@SnapperSk

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, has renewed his appeal: “I am now in a position to release the details of a specific car we are looking for.

“I would ask that anyone that has knowledge of a Black Audi A4 S Line Estate car, with the number plate NJ60 UOX, to come forward.

“This car is likely to have significant damage to the front nearside headlight and I would urge anyone who knows where it is currently located to contact us immediately.

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The scene on Soho Road after a man was killed in a suspected hit and run. Credit: @SnapperSk

“I would also like to appeal directly to the driver of this Audi to do the right thing and contact police.

“It is important that I also remind the public not to speculate on the cause of the collision. This is a fast paced and complex investigation that we are working very hard to solve.”

The well-known road which leads motorists towards The Hawthorns, remained closed all morning.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

The scene on Soho Road after a man was killed in a suspected hit and run. Credit:@SnapperSk

Soho Road was closed between Villa Road and Grove Lane as enquiries continue.

The closure affected some football fans heading to watch West Brom playing at home on Saturday at 3pm.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 484 of 31 August.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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