Hina Shamim, a student at Kingston University in London, was killed Tuesday as she was crossing the road to hand in her last assignment before graduation. The 21-year-old was hit by a BMW M3 carrying six people.
The driver of the BMW, a 34-year-old male, had five children as passengers. They were all taken to the hospital for treatment and evaluation. The man was later arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.
Mirror reports that Shamim was knocked down and pinned against a wall after the BMW hit a bus head on. She was crossing the street in Kingston-upon-Thames, located in southwest London. The accident happened at about 9 p.m.
Adam Turner, a witness, said, “The momentum of the crash swung the car around and it ended up near a wall.
“I think the girl was pinned against it,” he added.
Another witness, Thomas Robertson-Johnson explained, “I came running around the corner and saw this young Asian father dragging three kids out.”
He continued: “One of the children, a boy, seemed to have a broken wrist. He was holding it up and it was floppy. He was crying. The other smaller boy had a deep head wound and was bleeding heavily. The other child, a girl, had lacerations from the broken glass most probably.”
Shamim was studying sports science and nutrition at Kingston University. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The injuries to the children, driver and several people in the bus were not life-threatening. All six occupants of the BMW were taken to the hospital.
Monty Sajdewa, a friend of Shamim’s, described her as “the most charming person you could ever meet. She was beautiful in every way.”
Police are investigating the crash and are urging any witnesses to come forth with information. Scotland Yard’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit is leading the investigation.
Detective Sergeant John Hartfree said, “Penrhyn Road would have been busy at the time of the collision and I am appealing for anyone who saw this tragic event unfold to contact police.”
He continued, “I am particularly keen to speak to the occupants of a dark coloured car which was seen following the white BMW M3 car immediately prior to the collision.”
Shamim is survived by her parents and three younger brothers.