Sameha Mahmood, a young mother was crushed to death under the wheels of her own BMW after she failed to set the handbrake properly, an inquest heard today.
According to a report by Metro UK, Sameha Mahmood was killed on the steep driveway of her parents’ home when the car – which still had her daughter inside – rolled over her.
The 25-year-old had driven the car to collect her mother, Zahida Akhtar, for a birthday celebration at her aunt’s home when the tragedy happened.
A coroner heard that Sameha had telephoned her mother at around 8.20pm to tell her she was waiting outside.
However when Mrs Akhtar went outside three minutes later, all she could see was her daughter’s shoes strewn on the driveway and her car at the bottom of the drive in Whitelands Road, High Wycombe.
Mrs Akhtar said: ‘It was strange, like she was trying to run and was leaving her shoes behind’.
The panicked mother shouted out her daughter’s name but it was not until a passer-by suggested looking underneath the car that she discovered she had been crushed.
She said: ‘When I looked down I was shock. ‘I saw her on one side and I started screaming for help. I could see she was not breathing.’
The inquest in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, heard that Mrs Akhtar’s son, Mohammed Usman Mahmood, was inside the house in his bedroom at the time. He described how he heard a thud ‘like someone was dropping a wheelie bin’ and then someone screaming for two to three seconds.
When he went outside he saw his mother repeatedly screaming at a man saying ‘save my daughter’ and ‘get her out from under the car’.
‘I could see my sister’s baby in the child seat in the rear of the BMW and my mother was just screaming and screaming’, his statement said. ‘I gave the baby to my mum and told her to take her inside.’
The inquest was told that around 15 to 20 neighbours rushed outside their homes and used car jacks and bricks to try to lift the car off Sameha. Mohammed described to the coroner how he opened the driver’s door and pulled the handbrake up after finding it had not been applied.
Emergency services arrived at the scene in Whitelands Road soon after and freed Sahema from underneath the car.
However, paramedics were unable to perform CPR as her chest cavity was crushed and she was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8.50pm on December 23.
A vehicle examination later found there were no defects with the car. Road traffic collision investigator Andrew Evans said there was a possibility that Sahema might have been trying to stop the car from rolling into the road.
He said: ‘With the absence of any other evidence it is likely Sahema failed to set the handbrake or didn’t sufficiently apply the handbrake and she was run over by the vehicle as it rolled backwards while she was at the rear of it.
‘When she got out it may have been enough to disturb the car. She may have been going around the back anyway or got out to do something.
‘The car started rolling back and the baby is in the back and she may have run around to try to stop it.
‘That can happen in the stress of a situation like that. She was certainly around the back of the vehicle when it happened.’
A post-mortem examination found Sahema had broken her ribs and pelvis, as well as rupturing her spleen.
Pathologist Professor Ian Roberts said the cause of death was likely to be asphyxia but concluded it was result of multiple injuries.
Sahema, a pharmacy dispenser, had been married to shop assistant Waqas Razaq for two-and-a-half-years.
Assistant coroner Alison McCormick recorded a conclusion of road traffic accident.
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Welcome the next set of MTN Scholars!
360 young Nigerians receive scholarships from MTN Foundation
MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 360 university students at a virtual ceremony on November 12, 2020. The scholarships were awarded under the MTNF scholarship schemes made up of the MTNF Science & Technology Scholarship (STSS) and Scholarship for the Blind Students (SBSS). In attendance were the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, represented by the Technical Assistant, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi; Honourable Minister of Science & Technology represented by the Acting Director-General of the National Space Research and
Development Agency, Dr. Francis Chizea; former Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson amongst other notable dignitaries.
Speaking at the ceremony, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi said: “We are here with the MTN Foundation to celebrate scholars that have excelled in school. MTN is also supporting people with disabilities by funding their education and this is very commendable. The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is constantly working towards elevating skills over degrees. We are also committed to ensuring that individuals are empowered with the right tools and skills.”
Also speaking, Honourable Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu represented by Dr. Francis Chizea said: “I am glad that MTN, in giving back to the society through its foundation, set up a scholarship scheme to empower the youths and as well, drive science and technology. This is a welcome development and a commendable effort that other organizations need to emulate.”
A major highlight of the ceremony was a fireside chat themed “Insight. Influence. Impact” with thought leaders sharing inspiring insights with the scholars. Nigeria’s former Minister for Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson reiterated the role MTN continues to play in the ICT space and its impact on the country. “We need to get a workforce that is very comfortable with technology. We are in a state where we need world-class educational institutions and interventions such as this that will enable students to be very vast in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Johnson said.
Leading to the ceremony, this year’s graduating students from the scholarship programme were hosted to a career incubation boot camp facilitated by experts from Google, Oracle, Cisco and Jobberman. Facilitators shared insights on various opportunities amongst other vital employability tips.
Speaking on the scholarship award ceremony and workshop for graduands, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma said, “Providing access to quality education is the first step to a world of opportunity for the youth of our nation. We know it does not stop there. We need to also ensure that they are adequately prepared for the
workplace. We hope that the fireside chat at the award ceremony will inspire the students to reach for greatness and innovation. Furthermore, it is our belief that the employability workshop held earlier will enrich the career path of the graduating students. The MTNF scholarship scheme is more than just funds; it is a commitment to
build the capacity of our youth. We wish all our graduating scholars success as they set out to take on the world and congratulate all awardees as the next set of young nation builders in the making.”
The newly awarded scholars will each enjoy a scholarship grant worth N200,000 annually till graduation as long as they maintain a CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent. The scholarship covers tuition, book allowance and stipend. Till date, MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 3,829 students valued at over NGN 2.1Billion.
The MTNF annual scholarships are awarded to high performing students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions.
Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
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