Police name two men in their 20s who died after car caught fire in Bearwood

Police are appealing for information following the tragic incident last week

Two men who died after a crash in Bearwood, Smethwick last week have been named.

The friends, both in their 20s, were in a Toyota Yaris when it hit a lamppost and caught fire near Lightwoods Park in Hagley Road West just before 9.55pm on Tuesday (12 January).

Sign up to our BirminghamWorld Today newsletter

A third man, also in his 20s, who suffered serious injuries remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The two men who died in the crash have been named by police as 24-year-old Yaseen Mohammed and 28-year-old Mohammed Ashraf, both from Worcester.

Hagley Road West by Lightwoods Park (Google Street view)

A statement issued by West Midlands Police, read: “Our investigation to establish exactly what happened is continuing and their devastated families have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

“We have spoken with witnesses as part of our enquiries and anyone who has not yet been in touch with us, but has dash cam footage from around the time of the crash, or has any other information, should contact investigators.”

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The death of these two friends is extremely tragic and has a profound impact not only on their families but also their friends.

“We would ask people not to speculate on the circumstances of the collision, but instead ask that everyone comes together at this sad time in supporting the family and respecting their wishes for privacy.”

If you have any information please message the force via Live Chat on its website, or by calling 101, and quoting log 4263 of 11 January. You can also email the investigators directly at [email protected].

A message from the editor:

Thank you for reading. BirminghamWorld is Birmingham’s latest news website, championing everything that is great about our city - reporting on news, lifestyle and sport. We want to start a community among our readers, so please follow us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, and keep the conversation going.