Krishna Devi Droch: Police hunting wrong-way driver who killed grandmother on her way to morning prayers

Doch's family have given permission for the footage to be released, three weeks after the fatal hit-and-run collision in Handsworth

Doch's family have given permission for the footage to be released, three weeks after the fatal hit-and-run collision in Handsworth

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Police in Birmingham have released harrowing CCTV footage to help catch the motorist who killed worshipper Krishna Devi Droch on her way to morning prayers.

Doch's family have given permission for the footage to be released, three weeks after the fatal hit-and-run collision in Handsworth.

The CCTV shows the moment a Vauxhall Zafira, travelling on the wrong side of Rookery Road near the junction of Albert Road, struck the 62-year-old as she crossed the road. Nothing could be done to save her and she died at the scene, police said.

Moments before the Zafira had gone through a red traffic light over Soho Road, closely followed by a light green Corsa and a silver/grey Ford Mondeo. The Zafira registration number was EY06 TCU and the other two cars were on false plates. All three vehicles were found abandoned within 24 hours of the collision at around 11am on Thursday November 9 – the Zafira having been burnt out on Romulus Close less than two miles away.

 

 

Forensic examinations continue to help identify the occupants of all three vehicles.

Four people have been arrested as part of the on-going investigation – three arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have been released pending further enquiries and 47-year-old Darren Holness, of Leonard Road, Handsworth, was charged with perverting the course of justice. He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on November 14 and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at court on December 12.

Doch’s family have supported an appeal for information to help identify the occupants of all three cars.

Her brother Baldev Korotania said: “Krishna was the foundation of our family, who was always there when we needed her. Her caring and compassionate nature will forever be missed by us. The grandchildren she has left behind are still waiting for her to come home.

"Although nothing can replace what we have lost, her love and care will remain in our hearts forever.

“The individuals responsible are still out there and the only closure for our family throughout this difficult period, is for them to be brought to justice.”

Detective sergeant Paul Hughes from West Midlands Police's Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This tragic event has brought devastation and loss to a whole family and a larger community who knew and loved Krishna.

“We know that there were many people on Rookery Road that day, and there will be people we have not spoken to. I would appeal directly to them to come forward. The information you have may seem insignificant to you, but may be the piece of the puzzle we need to identify the occupants of the cars.

“I would urge those responsible to give themselves up before we come knocking at their door.”

The Collision Investigation Unit can be contacted on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.