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Newlywed woman, 28, 'killed by drug-driver in police pursuit' was three months pregnant, family reveals
12:42 GMT, 29 January 2013
13:01 GMT, 29 January 2013
Victim: Ahtia Tabasim was killed by a driver who was being chased by police on Sunday
The family of a new bride who was killed when her car was hit by a suspected drug-driver fleeing from police has paid tribute to the 28-year-old and revealed that she was three months pregnant.
Ahtia Tabasim, 28, had been married for just five months and was expecting her first child when she was killed in a crash near her home in Birmingham on Sunday, her father said today.
Arshad Mahmood Hussain said: 'She was very bright and friendly – a lovely girl who was loved by all who knew her.'
Speaking from the nearby mosque where the community had gathered to mourn Ms Tabasim, the 51-year-old broke down in tears as he said his daughter had only recently married and had been expecting a child with her mechanic husband Badar Zaman, 42.
'When I heard the news on Sunday I couldn't believe it,' he added. 'I'm still in shock that my beautiful daughter is dead. I still can't believe it. She was such a lovely girl.'
The carer, who worked at a nursing home, was killed on Sunday afternoon when a car collided with her Ford Fiesta in the Saltley area of Birmingham just before 2pm.
Officers had attempted to stop a Renault Laguna moments before it collided with the Fiesta and an Audi, West Midlands Police said.
Ms Tabasim was taken to hospital but died later from her injuries. A man and a woman in the Audi which was hit were also treated in hospital.
Scene: The street where Ms Tabasim died after being struck by a suspected drug-driver
Javad Malik, 25, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and is due to appear before magistrates in Birmingham today.
He is also charged with possessing Class A and B drugs with the intent to supply and failing to stop for a police officer along with driving without a licence or insurance.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission today confirmed that it had investigated the incident, and would not take any further action against West Midlands Police.
Ms Tabasim's distraught sister-in-law Nahila Mahmood said: 'We are absolutely shattered by her death. It's just devastated us all more than words can convey.
'When she found out she was pregnant, she was over the moon. She wanted a little girl because she always said there were too many boys in her family.
'Badar is just a broken man, he is devastated.
'She dedicated her life looking after others and making their lives better. The world has lost a special person.'
The victim's uncle Sajad Hussain added: 'Everyone is completely devastated, she was like a best friend to everyone.
'It's such a shock and very stressful, especially for her mother, she loved her daughter so much.
'She was a carer in an old persons' home and when they found out they were shocked. The patients and the staff loved her so much.'