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Family pay tribute to West Bromwich woman killed in crash

By Dayna Farrington | West Bromwich | Crime | Published:

The family of a West Bromwich woman who died in a collision following a police pursuit in Birmingham have paid tribute to her.

Sarah Handley, from West Bromwich

Sarah Handley was the passenger in a Ford Fiesta which had been involved in a police pursuit on Saturday.

The pursuit took place shortly before the car collided with a Volkswagen Golf in Crocketts Road, off the A41 Holyhead Road.

Crocketts Road is a residential road leading towards Smethwick from Handsworth. Photo: Google Maps

The 28-year-old was taken to hospital, but despite the best efforts of medical professionals, she sadly died.

Her family, who are being support by a specialist family liaison officer, said in a statement: "We are devastated to have lost Sarah who was a loved mother, daughter, sister and aunty.

"As a family we respectfully request privacy to grieve at what is a very difficult time for us."

Three people from the Volkswagen Golf suffered minor injuries and one person was taken to hospital to be checked over.

An aerial view showing Crocketts Road leading directly down from the A41 at the top of the picture to meet diagonal Booth Street at the bottom. Photo: Google Maps

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West Midlands Police's Professional Standards Department was informed following the incident, as well as the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as is normal procedure in a collision where a police vehicle is involved.

Adrian Paskin, of no fixed address, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving with no insurance and driving without a licence.

The 34-year-old appeared before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Monday and was remanded into custody to appear before Birmingham Crown Court on September 16.

Anyone with information, or witnessed the incident, can call the force's collision investigation unit on 101 quoting incident log number 2488 of August 17.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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