Soho Road fatal crash: West Midlands Mayor reacts to road collision as Birmingham police arrest suspect

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has spoken out about road safety in Birmingham following a fatal collision on Soho Road yesterday (Sunday, February 18)
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A car passenger in a stationary vehicle was killed in a road collision on Soho Road in Handsworth, Birmingham, last night (Sunday, February 18).

Police have arrested a man aged 25 on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after an Audi crashed into a number of vehicles at around 8.30pm. Two other people were taken to hospital. 

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Now West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has spoken out about the latest fatality on Birmingham’s roads. He said: “"I won't share it, but I know many of you will have seen the horrific footage of a road collision on Soho Road last night.

"We now know an innocent man has lost his life. My thoughts are with the victim's family and everyone affected in the community by this tragedy. I also hope those injured make a full recovery. 

"That is why I convened the region's leaders last year to draw out a series of commitments around road safety and why, this morning, I have already asked my transport team to both review the £7.5 million bus priority plans for the Soho Road and surrounding area to look at how we incorporate better road safety measures, as well as explore how we can speed up the implementation of the proposed new average speed camera roll out.

"Road safety is a priority across the whole West Midlands and this incident is a reminder that we need all partners – including Birmingham City Council – to play their full part. Now is the time to double down on our road safety responsibilities, not step away."

Fatal road collision on Soho Road, Handsworth, BirminghamFatal road collision on Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham
Fatal road collision on Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham
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A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Upon arrival we found three patients from the cars. The first was a man who was a passenger in one of the cars. He had sustained life threatening injuries and received advanced life support and advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene.

“Unfortunately, nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene. A woman from one of the cars was assessed and had sustained potentially serious injuries. She received treatment at the scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“A man who was the driver of one of the cars was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained injuries which were not believed to be life threatening. He was conveyed to Sandwell District Hospital for further assessment.

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“A further man from one of the cars was assessed by ambulance staff and did not require treatment. He received self care advice before being discharged at the scene.”

 Officers are reviewing CCTV and dash cam footage from the area and have urged anyone with information to get in touch. Those who can assist the investigation should contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on its website, call 101, or email investigators directly at [email protected], quoting log 3761 of February 18.