Trib­ute to ‘ded­i­cated fam­ily man’ killed in hit-and-run

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN EC­CLE­STON Crime Re­porter­cle­ston@reach­

THE vic­tim of Sun­day night’s fa­tal hi­tand-run in Coven­try has been named.

Adeel Gul died af­ter be­ing hit by a car when he was cross­ing Alles­ley Old Road, close to the junc­tion with Duke Street in Chapelfields, at around 7.50pm.

De­spite the best ef­forts of paramedics, he was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Adeel’s fam­ily have now paid trib­ute to a “ded­i­cated fam­ily man” and said “Coven­try’s an­gel has fallen”.

They also urged those re­spon­si­ble for his death to “do the de­cent thing and come for­ward”.

In a state­ment, his heart­bro­ken fam­ily said: “Adeel was a young man who touched so many peo­ple through his acts of kind­ness.

“A ded­i­cated fam­ily man and de­voted son. A loyal and kind brother and un­cle.

“Coven­try’s an­gel has fallen and Coven­try has lost an hon­or­able and lov­ing mem­ber of its com­mu­nity who will be deeply missed by many.

“He had great sense of hu­mour and pos­i­tive out­look on life. Through the work he did at AG Box­ing on Bod­min Road he touched so many hearts and helped a wide range of peo­ple within the com­mu­nity.

“He cre­ated the AG Box­ing fam­ily where peo­ple from all walks of life were wel­comed.”

Adeel loved ones also urged any­one with “in­for­ma­tion about this tragic ac­ci­dent” to con­tact po­lice.

They added: “We ask those who are re­spon­si­ble to do the de­cent thing and come for­ward to help the fam­ily to get some clo­sure on their deep loss.”

Po­lice say the car, or cars, in­volved in the col­li­sion failed to stop at the scene and de­tec­tives from West Mid­lands Po­lice’s se­ri­ous col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit are now do­ing their best to trace them.

Of­fi­cers are also keen to hear from any wit­nesses who were in the area at the time and ei­ther saw the col­li­sion or a car driv­ing nearby with front-end dam­age.

Det Sgt Paul Hughes said: “We’re still try­ing to un­der­stand ex­actly what’s hap­pened but we un­der­stand at least one, pos­si­bly two cars, were driv­ing at speed along the road be­fore the im­pact.

“We’re still try­ing to es­tab­lish the make of the car or cars in­volved but it’s clear that the of­fend­ing ve­hi­cle would have suf­fered some front-end dam­age.

“I would urge any mo­torists with dash-cam footage who were driv­ing near the area this evening to check their footage to see if they have caught a dam­aged car on cam­era; they could hold vi­tal in­for­ma­tion and I would urge them to make con­tact.

“Sim­i­larly, if any­one liv­ing nearby has CCTV cam­eras that might have caught the cars im­me­di­ately be­fore or af­ter the crash or any­one who’s wit­nessed any­thing that could help the in­ves­ti­ga­tion - I need th­ese peo­ple to call me.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to call West Mid­lands Po­lice on 101, and im­ages or CCTV footage can be emailed to the Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit at FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-mid­lands.pnn.po­ .

Al­ter­na­tively, de­tails can be given anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestop­per­

West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice sent an am­bu­lance, a para­medic of­fi­cer, the MERIT Trauma doc­tor, crit­i­cal care para­medic and a BA­SICS Emer­gency Doc­tor were sent to the scene in Alles­ley Old Road on Sun­day night.

A spokesman said: “On ar­rival, am­bu­lance crews found a pedes­trian who had re­ceived very se­ri­ous in­juries.

“Crews car­ried out ad­vanced life sup­port but sadly, de­spite all ef­forts, it wasn’t pos­si­ble to save the man and he was con­firmed dead at the scene.”

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