Appeal in Teen crash death

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Family pay tribute to ‘loving’ 16-year-old

THE family of a Birmingham teenager who was killed after being hit by a motorcycle have described him as a ‘kind, loving person’.

Rajinder Mahal, 16, from Smethwick, was struck by a Suzuki motorcycle on Hagley Road, Edgbaston on 1 August.

He suffered critical injuries and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he later died.

As police appeal for information into the accident, Rajinder’s family have spoken for the first time since his death.

In a statement the family said: “Rajinder was a kind, loving person who was loved by his family and friends. He had so much potential it’s sad he was taken away at such a young age. He was always there for you.

“We just want everyone to remember him for his laughs, loud voice and his ability to make sure you remembered him. He had a lasting affect that will go on forever. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.”

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the incident which occurred just before 10:00pm on Hagley Road, Edgbaston, near to its junction with Barnsley Road and outside Lordswood Boys’ School.

The motorcyclist, a 39-year-old man from Brierley Hill, was uninjured but suffering from shock.

Police investigating the collision have spoken to some people but believe there are others with information who have yet to come forward.

“We want to build up as clear a picture as we can of what happened so it is vital that anyone who witnessed the incident contacts us as a matter of urgency,” said Insp Mark Watkins, based at the Collision Investigation Unit.

Anybody with information is urged to ring 0345 113 5000 and ask to speak to officers attached to the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit.

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