The family of a baby boy killed alongside three adults in a horrific car crash have criticised police over the high-speed chase which led to their deaths.
Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, died along with his one-year-old son, Usman, when a car fleeing the police smashed head-on into his people carrier in a quiet Sheffield suburb on Friday night.
Mr Jarral’s wife Tahreen was cut out of the vehicle’s mangled wreckage and is in hospital with a broken leg and back injuries.
Her 22-year-old friend, named locally as Nikola Dunova, was also in the VW Touran along with her parents Miroslav Duna, 50, and Vlasta Dunova, 41, who both died at the scene.
Miss Dunova and her three-year-old daughter Livia were fighting for their lives in hospital last night.
Father of three Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, (pictured right) and his one-year-old son Usman Adnan Jarral died in the crash in Sheffield
The two families were returning home from a day trip to London when their vehicle was hit by a speeding VW Golf, which was travelling on the wrong side of the road while being chased by a police BMW.
Three men in the Golf – aged 17, 18 and 23 – were arrested at the scene and are being held in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Mr Jarral’s uncle Shafqat Mirza questioned the police’s decision to pursue the car through a residential area and said ‘the tragedy had left a gap which can never be filled’.
Mr Mirza said: ‘It may be that police ought to have laid off and let it go and found some other ways and means of chasing the car, knowing that it was a wet and dangerous road.
‘Maybe if police had handled things differently then the accident wouldn’t have happened.
‘I’m not wholly blaming the police but if there are ways and means of doing the chase in a different way, then the police ought to take that into consideration.’
Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, (main picture) and his one year old son Usman Adnan Jarral (pictured right) who died in the Sheffield car crash
Tariq Mirza, 57, another of Adnan’s uncles, refused to blame the three occupants of the VW Golf for the fatal crash, who are all in police custody.
He said that in his religion: ‘We believe what will happen will happen’.
Tariq added: ‘At the time we were upset but what we believe in within our religion is what is destined to happen will happen.
‘We do not blame anybody for what happened.
‘What I believe is [the crash] is more of an excuse for his death.
‘He was meant to go on that day, that is our belief, that his time was up.
‘That was his place, that was his time to die.
Husband and wife Vlasta Dunova, 41, and Miroslav Duna, 50 (pictured together), were both pronounced dead at the scene
‘As Muslims we believe that was the space and place he was going to die.’
However Tariq said wanted the tragic events to be a lesson to the public.
He said: ‘It is a lesson for other people.
‘People need to be careful and injuries can be avoided.’
It is thought Mrs Jarral was originally from Slovakia and had converted to Islam and changed her name. The couple were said to have been planning a trip to Mecca at the end of the month.
The seven occupants of the VW Touran included Adnan’s wife Tahreem, who is in hospital, and her friend, who also remains in hospital.
Tahreem’s friend’s parents both died in the fatal crash, while her friend’s three-year-old daughter is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.
Rizwan Jarral mourns the passing of his brother Adnan Ashraf Jarral who died after a fatal car crash in Sheffield, along with his one-year-old son
The smash happened less than 50 yards from the home of the Dunova family, who are Slovakian.
Mr Jarral was about to drop them off when the Golf collided with them while overtaking a bus – catapulting the people carrier into parked cars along the road.
The crash happened outside the home of Tufail Hussain, 80, who was one of the first people to get to the wreckage.
He said: ‘It was just terrible. It’s the worst thing I have ever seen.’
Horrified residents of Main Road – which runs through the Darnall district of Sheffield – dashed from their houses and desperately tried to save the victims.
Detective chief Inspector Jude Ashmore, who is leading the investigation into the crash said: ‘We are continuing to support both families and we have specially trained officers with them. My thoughts are with them and I’d ask that people continue to respect their privacy as they try to digest what’s happened.
‘Our investigation into the collision continues and the road closure around Main Road was lifted last night and the two vehicles removed. I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support, cooperation and patience.
‘Officers have remained in the area today and will be there into the evening and tomorrow. I’d urge anyone who saw what happened to speak to them, you may have important information and officers can also offer and direct to any necessary support if you need it.
Mr Jarral’s uncle Shafqat Mirza questioned the police’s decision to pursue the car through a residential area and said ‘the tragedy had left a gap which can never be filled’
‘We remain keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or who may have footage of the collision.
Shafqat Mirza described his nephew was a ‘humble and polite’ man who was extremely proud of his two sons and his step-son.
Mr Mirza said: ‘It’s been absolutely devastating for all of us and all the family.
‘Here we have a young man who was with us, around us, always asking everybody how we are, and now we find that he is no longer with us.
‘It’s something that we can’t come to terms with.’
He said: ‘It was absolutely horrific. So devastating.
He added his nephew, who was born in Pakistan and came to Britain as a business student, and left a son, who is aged three, and a six-year-old step-son.
Tariq, a carer, paid tribute to ‘bubbly’ Adnan and his one year old ‘loving’ son.
He said: ‘We are just shocked. There are no words.
‘They had just come back from a day trip to London.
‘The whole community is shocked, it has hit everyone.
‘Adnan was a bubbly character who was full of life.
‘He would talk to everyone, everyone loved him.
‘He was never angry.’
A young girl kisses a teddy bear tribute left at the scene of the fatal car crash which killed 4 people
Flowers and tributes have been left by the side of the road in Darnell, Sheffield but all traces of the crash had been removed
Flowers were left by the side of the road on Sunday morning by other mourners but all traces of the crash had been removed.
In a post on Facebook, the Helping Hands charity in Sheffield, said: ’35-year-old Adnan Ashraf Jarral and his one-year-old son Usman Adnan Jarral have passed away following a car collision in Darnall.
‘Janaza details to be finalised in days to come.’
His brother Ahtsham Mirza, posted on Facebook, said: ‘May Allah bless my beloved brother Adnan Ashraf Jarral and on his son. Amen.’
Posted on Janaza Announcement, a funeral bereavement notification service website, they said: ‘Adnan Ashraf Jarral and his one year old son Usman Adnan Jarral have both sadly passed away following a car collision.
‘Funeral is to be confirmed.’
The uncle of one of the men who lost his life also paid tribute, and added: ‘He was a proud dad of three, who was always smiling and was looking forward to a family trip this month.
‘May Allah grant you a place in the gardens of paradise.’
The uncle of one of the men who lost his life today paid tribute to him in The Star, saying: ‘He was a proud dad of three, who was always smiling and was looking forward to a family trip this month.
‘May Allah grant you a place in the gardens of paradise.’
Two women and a three year old girl were rushed to hospital following the collision. Police confirmed the child was fighting for her life, while a 22-year-old woman was in a critical condition.
The second woman who survived is in a serious but stable condition.
All of the victims are members of two families.
The three suspects in the VW Golf were arrested at the scene and suffered minor injuries.
Four people were killed after a VW Golf being chased by police crashed into this VW Touran in Sheffield last night
Three suspects aged 17, 18 and 22 who were inside this VW Golf, pictured left, were arrested at the scene. Police confirmed they were chasing the Golf at the time of the collision
Police were chasing the VW Golf with three suspects on board, pictured right, when it crashed into the VW Touran, centre
It is believed the VW Touran was preparing to turn right into Bannham Road with a 30mph speed limit when the VW Golf slammed into it.
Three men travelling in the VW Golf, aged 23, 17 and 18 have been arrested and remain in custody.
Witnesses said an off-duty midwife who lives near the crash scene tried to save the victims, including the baby boy.
Iqbal Khan, 69, said: ‘I heard a car travelling really fast and a loud bang, which I thought was fireworks.
‘I had heard police sirens for quite a while in the area and there were six or seven police cars immediately on the scene of the crash.’
Police said the VW Touran contained the members of two families in a press conference earlier today
Police covered the VW Touran with a tarpaulin before loading it onto a recovery truck and removing it for examination
The police car involved in the chase was undamaged. It was removed from the scene as part of the independent investigation
Miss Khan said locals believe the family in the people carrier were Slovakian and the three men arrested in the Golf are from the Manor estate in Sheffield.
Miss Khan said: ‘It’s horrific that four innocent lives have been lost.
‘The police seemed more concerned about arrested the lads in the Golf than helping the people in the other vehicle.
‘A midwife who lives up the road tried to resuscitate the baby. She is all shaken up at the moment.’
Speaking at a press conference held this afternoon, Sheffield District Commander Stuart Barton said: ‘There has been a short pursuit.
‘Clearly in these situations it is right that we refer the matter to the IOPC.
‘They attended the scene themselves last night.’
Commenting on the victims, Commander Barton said: ‘We think they are part of two families.
‘Clearly we are still working on the family makeup at the moment.
‘We have trained family liason officers working with those people.’
The commander confirmed the men have been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving.
The commander added that the injured are ‘in the best place’ and ‘getting the best care’ possible in hospital.
He added: ‘My thoughts go to the family members who have passed away last night.’
Iffat Yasmin, who was first on the scene after the horror crash last night has been taken in hospital.
Relative Tufial Hussian, said: ‘I am taking her to hospital as she is in a state of shock.’
The three men travelling inside the Golf escaped with minor injuries.
The IOPC today confirmed it had already reviewed dash-cam footage of the crash from the police vehicle involved and said ‘there is no indication that the police vehicle collided with either of the vehicles involved’.
In a statement released today, Regional Director Miranda Biddle said: ‘Our thoughts are with those families who have lost their loved ones and all those affected by what happened on Friday evening including the emergency services.
The police car involved in the chase, pictured, was loaded onto the back of a recovery truck so it can be examined by experts from the Independent Office for Police Conduct, who have launched their own investigation
Firefighters had to cut the roof from the VW Touran to recover the victims’ bodies and rescue the female survivor
‘As soon as we were informed, we sent investigators to the scene and we will be carrying out an investigation to establish what actions South Yorkshire Police took prior to the crash.
‘This is standard procedure when lives are lost following an incident involving the police.
‘We have been able to view dash cam footage which confirms that although a pursuit did take place prior to the crash, there is no indication that the police vehicle collided with either of the vehicles involved.
‘We have also obtained initial statements from the officers involved.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation into the crash as the car was being chased by police at the time
It is believed the VW Touran was preparing to turn right into Bannham Road when it was involved in the collision
The three suspects in the Golf, managed to escape the crash with only minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment
The VW Touran, pictured, was carrying seven people including the driver when it was hit by the VW Golf
‘South Yorkshire Police is carrying out a criminal investigation and has arrested the three men travelling in the Golf.
‘We will be making contact with the families affected as soon as possible to explain our role and what they can expect to happen during our investigation.’
The mayor of Sheffield Dan Jarvis, 45, posted on Twitter that his thoughts are with the families of those who died and the local community.
Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore, said: ‘First and foremost, my thoughts are with the family of the victims who have lost loved ones during this incredibly tragic incident.
‘A high number of resources were deployed to the scene last night, with officers from all of the emergency services working through the night and into this morning to assist.
The seven people in this VW Touran, pictured, were members of two families according to South Yorkshire Police
‘Our priority now is to support the victims’ families and those affected, and work hard to determine the exact circumstances around what happened.
‘Main Road is expected to remain closed for most of the day as we continue to gather evidence and recover items from the scene.
‘I know the local community will be shocked and saddened to hear what happened last night and we will have officers in the area today to speak to residents, should they have any questions or concerns.
‘I’d like to thank those who helped immediately after the collision and for their support and patience during the evening
‘I’d also like to ask anyone who saw what happened, or who may have dashcam footage of the collision to please get in touch with us.’
South Yorkshire Police added; ‘Due to the fact that the Golf was being pursued before the collision, a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).’
‘Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 741 of 9 November 2018.’
The mayor of Sheffield Dan Jarvis, 45, posted on Twitter that his thoughts are with the families of those who died and the local community
The IOPC today confirmed it had already reviewed dash-cam footage of the crash from the police vehicle involved and said ‘there is no indication that the police vehicle collided with either of the vehicles involved’
Three men travelling in the VW Golf, aged 23, 17 and 18 have been arrested and remain in custody
One resident who has lived in the area for more than 40 years said he thought the crash was a gunshot.
Terry Burke, 75, said he heard the loud bang while he watched the Sheffield football derby on television.
Mr Burke, who has lived in the property just 100 metres from the scene for the past 45 years, said ambulances, police cars and the fire service all arrived at the scene within minutes.
Sheffield District Commander Stuart Barton, pictured, confirmed two families were travelling in the VW Touran
He said: ‘There were two fire engines. There were buses trapped down here. The bang was very very loud, everyone on the street heard it.
‘When I heard the bang everybody rushed to their windows. I have heard many bangs on the road before.
‘By the time I looked there were cop cars everywhere you looked, I have no idea where they got them all from and how they got here so quickly.
‘There were at least ten police cars.’
Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said there were chases down the street ‘almost every day’.
The woman, who lives on the same road, added: ‘The car must have been going very very fast.
‘It happens nearly once a day. It happens at least once every two days. They come flying down here.’
Adam Robinson, 24, a warehouseman, said: ‘I heard sirens coming down the road and know the car they were chasing must have been going fast because of his load the bang was when it crashed – it sounded like a gun going off.
‘I looked out of my upstairs bedroom window and saw loads of police cars that where there very rapidly. Then a ambulances and fire engines arrived.’
All the vehicles have now been removed from the scene but a police cordon remains in place.
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