Wednesday 17 January 2018

Disabled child on holiday unaware mum dead in hit-and-run rampage

Benjamin Wright in Cardiff

A disabled child whose mother was killed in a horrific hit-and-run rampage is on a "dream holiday" in Florida and is unaware that she has died, it has been revealed.

Karina Menzies, 32, was mown down outside a fire station near her home in Cardiff.

Police are continuing to question a 31-year-old man on suspicion of her murder as well as investigating reports that he deliberately knocked people down in the Welsh capital.

Seven children and four adults were among those injured. The ages of those injured range from 23 months to 49 years.

News of the spree sent shockwaves through Cardiff.

Floral tributes have been laid at the scene where Ms Menzies was killed. Among those paying their respects yesterday morning was local Labour MP Kevin Brennan.

He said: "It's absolutely shocking what has happened and the fact that someone has appeared to use a vehicle as a weapon.

"Karina was a well-liked mother who had three children. One of her children is disabled and is currently on a dream holiday in Florida.

"This incident is beyond senseless and has rocked the whole community."

The drama began when police received calls about an incident in Crossways Road in Ely at 3.30pm.

This was soon followed by other reports of hit-and-run collisions in several locations in the west of the city, including Grand Avenue, Cowbridge and the Leckwith Retail Park.

Ely sub-postmaster Shady Taha, 29, had just served two girls aged about 10 and a woman in her mid-20s moments before one of the hit-and-runs in Grand Avenue, outside a row of shops.

He said: "All of a sudden I heard a bang. I looked out and across the road one girl was on the floor and the other girl was screaming.

"I heard a van speed off but I did not see it."

Lynda Paterson, who lives in Cowbridge Road West, described the scene outside her house as chaotic.

"I was going to pick my children up from school and I could see there were police and someone was lying on the floor, on the pavement," she said.

"I could see police running back and forth along the road and I now know a child had been hit."

Other eyewitnesses said pedestrians were deliberately targeted by someone driving a white van.

"We had a customer in our shop who said the van mounted the kerb like the driver wanted to run down young kids with their parents," a female shop worker in Grand Avenue, who did not want to be named, said.

Dr Grahame Shortland, medical director at the University Hospital of Wales, said those being treated mostly had fractures and head injuries.

It is believed the suspect used a crook lock to assault witnesses.

There were also unconfirmed reports that officers were investigating whether the attacker was involved in a domestic incident before the rampage.

Sunday Independent

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