Devastated parents’ tribute to ‘beautiful’ daughter, 3, killed in hit and run

Maysoon Abdul-Hakeem, three, died after being hit by a car at a zebra crossing in Tyseley, Birmingham, with a 24-year-old man later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

The devastated family of a toddler killed in a hit-and-run have paid tribute to their “beautiful” daughter.

Three-year-old Maysoon Abdul-Hakeem died after being struck by a car at a zebra crossing in Tyseley, Birmingham on November 11.

West Midlands Police said the driver left the scene, but a 24-year-old man handed himself into a police station a short time later.

He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, but has since been released under investigation while evidence is gathered.

The force said the young victim’s family are being supported by specialist liaison officers.

In a short tribute to their daughter, her family said: “We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter Maysoon.

“Please respect our privacy at this very difficult time.”

Paramedics took Maysoon to Birmingham Children’s Hospital after the crash but she was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.

Acting Inspector Paul Hughes, from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “What’s happened is extremely tragic and has had a profound impact not only on her family but also friends, the local schools and wider community.

“I would ask everyone come together at this sad time to support the family and respect their wishes for privacy.

“We’ve arrested a man and our enquiries are continuing.

“I’m still keen to hear from anyone who was in Reddings Lane or the immediate vicinity and may have witnessed the collision or heard anything that may assist our investigation.”

A section of Reddings Lane, Tyseley, was cordoned off after the crash as police forensics teams combed for clues.

A child’s scooter was pictured at the scene, where a series of yellow evidence markers were placed.

Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward by calling 101, quoting log number 2641 of 11 November.