Leeds car horror girl ‘died of multiple injuries’

Shamirah Grant.
Shamirah Grant.
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A nine-year-old girl hit by a car as she played with her brother outside their home died of multiple injuries, a Leeds inquest was told.

Shamirah Grant, of Leopold Grove, Chapeltown, was killed on the evening of Tuesday, May 31. An inquest into her death was opened by Leeds coroner David Hinchliff yesterday.

Coroner’s officer Kate Jackson told the court that at about 9 pm Shamirah was playing on a grassed area with two girlfriends and her little brother.

When a Vauxhall Astra driven by a female with a provisional driving licence and a male passenger came off the road, went through an alleyway and travelled down “several flights of stairs” on to the grassed area where the girls were playing.

The vehicle struck the girls.

Ms Jackson said all the injured were taken to Leeds General Infirmary where Shamirah was pronounced dead at 9.25 pm.

She said she had been present when Shamirah’s parents, Gary and Jennifer, identified Shamirah’s body at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield two days later.

Coroner Mr Hinchliff said a post mortem examination had been carried out at his request and the cause of death had been found to be multiple injuries.

He said that inquiries were continuing and that an adjournment had been sought.

Mr Hinchliff expected to receive a report from the police’s major collision unit.

He released Shamirah’s body to her family for her funeral.

The spot where Shamirah was playing has been turned into a memorial covered with flowers and mementoes.

Two people have appeared in court and have been bailed in relation to the incident. Beatrice Mwamba, 33, and Bruce Nyuetcucssi, 33, appeared in Leeds Crown Court yesterday .

The couple’s home, which is close to that of Shamirah’s family, has been boarded up and stands empty.

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