Peterborough student killed in horror London crash

Hina Shamim
Hina Shamim
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A popular Peterborough student has been killed after being involved in a horror collision with a car in London.

Hina Shamim, formally of Gladstone Street, died in the crash in Kingston, south London, at around 9pm last night (Tuesday).

It is believed she was hit by a BMW, knocking her to the ground, before being pinned against a wall by the car, which had also collided with a bus.

Paramedics at the scene battled to try and save the student’s life, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 21-year-old, who would have turned 22 next month, was due to graduate from Kingston University this year.

She was studying to be a nutritionist and had nearly completed the four year course. She had spent the first three years on the course at another university.

The crash scene

The crash scene

Two of her cousins, who asked not to be named, paid tribute to her.

One said: “She was a really lovely girl. She was always so full of life and really happy. She was always smiling.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard about it. Her mum called us last night and told us she passed away.”

Another said: “I only saw her last week in town. I had stuff to do and she was with a friend so we didn’t stop to chat.

She was a really lovely girl. She was always so full of life and really happy. She was always smiling

Hina’s cousin

“We are all in shock, I can’t understand how this could happen to someone who had so much in front of her.

“In our culture we don’t really party so she always just put her head down and got on with her work. She had her whole life mapped out for her.

“She wanted to be a nutritionist and she was so passionate about that. She was always telling us what’s good for us and what we shouldn’t be eating

“This isn’t something we are going to get over easily. It’s going to be in our hearts for a long time.”

Hina lived with her mum, dad and two brothers in Peterborough before leaving for university. She came back to visit regularly.

The crash happened on Penrhyn Road outside Kingston University’s campus.

Police say six people in the crowded car – a man and five children – were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries after the collision in Kingston, south London, at around 9pm on Tuesday.

Fabienne Formsma, who witnessed the tragedy’s aftermath, said: “Awful accident just happened on Penrhyn Road right outside my house. Car and a bus and the car was literally in pieces. So horrible.

“There was a man who ran off from the scene with a small child, and then he came back screaming at the police to help his other child.”

The London Ambulance Service sent seven ambulance crews and a specialist paramedic but they were unable to resuscitate the pedestrian.

Pauline Cranmer, Deputy Director of Operations, said: “We sent a number of ambulance crews to the scene including seven ambulance crews, an advanced paramedic in a car and two duty managers.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of our crews and colleagues from the Metropolitan Police, a woman, reported to be in her twenties died at the scene.”

Contrary to police reports Pauline said six patients – including three children – were taken to St Georges Major Trauma Centre, in Tooting, south London, for treatment.

These were a four-year-old boy, who was treated for head and facial injuries, an eight-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, according to Pauline.

She added that a man in his 30s was taken to hospital for stomach injuries as were two other men in their 20s.

The driver of the bus and one of his passengers were also treated at the scene, she said.

A post-mortem where the woman’s identity will be formally confirmed is expected to take place in due course.

The driver of the BMW, a 34-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Police are unable to confirm if he was one of the injured.