Cardiff Hit-And-Runs

October 20, 2012 by  

Cardiff Hit-And-Runs, Two people are in intensive care after a series of hit-and-runs in Cardiff left a woman dead and 13 people injured.

The incident involved a van over a half an hour on Friday. A man, 31, is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Police revealed people were also assaulted outside the van, possibly with a weapon.

Nine casualties, five of them children, are still in hospital. Two adults are in critical but stable conditions.

Detectives said they were “keeping an open mind” about the circumstances.

They also want witnesses who saw a black Renault Clio being driven on the wrong side of Western Avenue, near the Tesco Extra store, at around 15:25 BST, which may be linked to the man they are questioning.

The dead woman has been named locally as 32-year-old Karina Menzies, who police said has still not been formally identified.

Floral tributes have been laid by local people outside Ely fire station, close to where she died.

The injured included six girls aged between 23 months and 12-years-old, and a nine-year-old boy.

Eyewitnesses have said pedestrians were deliberately targeted by someone driving a van in five locations.

A man was arrested after police stopped a van on the outskirts of the city near the Merrie Harrier pub at Llandough.

Police would not confirm at which point they began to pursue the suspect’s vehicle, a white Iveco transit-type van.

Detectives said there were five separate crime scenes and they have been appealed for sightings of the white van in the Grand Avenue area of Ely.

Det Supt Paul Hurley said his team were ‘hopeful’ that some of the injured children will be released over the weekend

The van is undergoing forensic tests.

Events started unfolding after police were called to an incident in Crossways Road in Ely at 15:30 BST.

There were soon reports of hit-and-run collisions in several locations in the west of the city: Grand Avenue, Cowbridge Road West, Sloper Road and near Asda at Leckwith Retail Park, close to Cardiff City’s football stadium.

Police amended the number of casualties to 14 – one dead and 13 people injured – ahead of a news conference on Saturday.

Diane Quick, 43, from Ely, told BBC Wales her niece Anastasia Jones, 22, and her great-niece Amelia, two, were both injured.

Anastasia Jones, 22, and her daughter were both injured
“They were hit from behind by the van. Amelia was in the pram but she has bruising.

“Anna has a broken leg and she’s waiting for a scan.

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