Heartbroken family pay tribute to Stourbridge hit-and-run victim Andrew Holdaway
Heartbroken family members of hit-and-run victim Andrew Holdaway have paid tribute to him after he died in hospital seven days after the crash.
Mr Holdaway suffered serious injuries in the crash in Stourbridge on May 7 and passed away in hospital on Monday.
His family said his death has left 'a gaping hole' in their hearts that will never be filled.
They also thanked hospital and ambulance staff who looked after Mr Holdaway, who was from Oldswinford.
In a statement the family said: "Beyond all reasonable expectations, my dad held on for seven whole days.
"The professionalism of all of the healthcare experts and first responders gave us as a family the opportunity to spend time with my dad we would never otherwise have had.
"We are heartbroken and a gaping hole has been created in all of our hearts that will never be filled.
"But the compassion and love we have received from hundreds of people known and unknown to us have helped hold us strong and retain faith in humanity, even amongst the despair."
The crash took place at around 4.20pm on May 7, when the car Mr Holdaway was driving collided with a blue Ford Mondeo in Norton Road, at the junction with Harringay Drive.
West Midlands Police officers have re-issued their appeal for information to help trace the three occupants of the blue Mondeo, who fled the scene after the crash.
Sergeant Alan Hands, who is investigating the collision, added: "We are still investigating the circumstances that led to the collision.
“Three men were spotted fleeing the scene. They ran off along Beech Road into the playing fields that lead to Mary Stevens Park.
“My team is focused on identifying these three men, and I am keen to hear from anyone with information that will help to trace them.
“Specialist officers are supporting Andrew’s family, who are utterly distraught and heartbroken at what has happened.
“They have asked that their privacy is respected at this time."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting incident log number 1749 of May 7.
Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.