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Inquest into six-year-old killed in Smethwick crash is adjourned

By Luke Bartlett | Smethwick | News | Published:

An inquest on a six-year-old schoolgirl has been adjourned pending a police investigation.

Jonnatul Bakya died after being hit by a car in Smethwick

Jonnatul Bakya, from Smethwick, was hit on Oldbury Road while waiting at a crossing with her family, the Black Country Coroner’s Court heard.

The young girl was with her father on the way to prayers at a local mosque when the accident happened.

Coroner Mr Zafar Siddique confirmed a collision involving a car lead to Jonnatul suffering a fatal head injury. Paramedics responded but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash

Mr Siddique said: “A family were waiting at a pedestrian crossing.

"A red Ford Fiesta drove through the crossing and struck one of the children, Jonnatul.

“Given the circumstances the police have asked me to adjourn my inquest pending the investigation.

"I will adjourn to a pre-inquest hearing on October 3. There will be no second post mortem. Can I please offer my condolences to the family of Jonnatul?”

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A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have been released on bail.

Earlier this week, Detective Constable Damian Gibson, from West Midlands Police’s Collision Investigation Unit, urged anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident to get in touch.

He said: “We are investigating the circumstances leading to this tragic event. The family are receiving support from family liaison officers and our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.”

Witnesses are asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting log number 2933 from July 28 or email fl.collision_invest@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
Trainee Reporter - @lbartlett_star

Trainee Express & Star reporter covering Dudley and Sandwell. Get in touch on 01902 319445 or via luke.bartlett@expressandstar.co.uk.

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