Loving couple killed in Sheffield car crash tragedy as they travelled with children

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A much-loved Sheffield couple died after a car they were in with their young children came off the road in bad weather and hit a tree, an inquest heard.

Their young children, aged seven and 11 at the time, flagged down other drivers to help their parents following the accident on Manchester Road in Crosspool shortly before 1am in the morning on December 27 last year.

The scene of the accident in December

The scene of the accident in December

But their mother Rabia Khatoon was pronounced dead at the scene, with their father Mohammed Rehman, who had been driving the Toyota Verso, going on to die from his injuries in hospital almost one month later.

An inquest in Sheffield heard the family had been driving back from visiting relatives in Manchester when the tragedy occurred.

Mohammed, who was aged 41 and worked at the Hilton Hotel on Victoria Quays as a kitchen porter, and 47-year-old Rabia, who taught Islamic education to children, had both lived in the family home on Scott Road in Pitsmoor.

The pair had been married for over 25 years and had four children together.

Their older son Abdul Wadud, who attended the inquest hearing on Monday, said his parents were much missed in the local community, with hundreds of people attending each of their funerals.

PC Adrian Burgoyne, from South Yorkshire Police's collision investigation branch, said there had been heavy rain on the night in the question and the stretch of road where the accident occurred was on a bend with no street lights present.

He said driver inexperience and fatigue may also have contributed to the accident, with Mr Rehman holding a provisional licence.

PC Burgoyne said both of the adults in the car had been wearing seat belts and there was no evidence of speeding playing any role in the collision.

He said while he couldn't say precisely what the weather was like at the time of the accident, when it was raining by the time he arrived 'there was flowing water across the carriageway'.

PC Burgoyne said: "The vehicle has come from Manchester 40 miles or so over the A57, presumably over the Snake Pass.

"The driver has managed a lot of bends quite safely and successfully because it is a twisting road.

"There is no particular evidence to say whether he has lost control or swerved to avoid something or whether you have got driver fatigue.

"It could be any single one of those causes or a combination.

"I can't give you a definitive reason why the vehicle has lost control. But there is no suggestion of another vehicle being involved."

He said the first witness to the accident had been 'flagged down' by the couple's children as the man was driving past.

Coroner Louise Slater ruled that the couple had died as a result of injuries sustained in the car crash.

She said: "The most likely cause was driver inexperience and poor weather conditions."

She added: "Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. My heart goes out to the children who were in the car at the time."

Speaking after the case family member Mohammad Sulieman said the couple were both very well known in the Pitsmoor and Burngreave areas.

"If anyone needed help, Mohammed was there," he said.

"They used to do things together for their children and for the community."

Abdul said his parents were 'very kind and friendly people' who were much missed by everyone who had known them.

"At their funerals, there were hundreds of people," he said.

"The imam said he had never seen more people than this."

He said the Hilton Hotel where his nature-loving father worked had planted a tree in his memory, while one of his uncles is due to publish a book about the lives of his parents later this year.