Sheffield crash – Brothers charged over 'high speed' cop chase crash that left four dead including dad and one-year-old baby

Elliott Bower, 18, is accused of driving the VW Golf which crashed into a VW people carrier after being chased by police at about 8.50pm on Friday evening.

He has been charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He is also charged with handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis.

His older brother Declan Bower, 23, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and death caused by an accident with aggravated factors.

He is also charged with handing stolen goods, two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of driving without insurance, possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.

A 17-year-old boy arrested at the scene in connection with the crash remains in police custody.

Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, and his son Usman Adnan Jarral died when Mr Jarrel's VW people carrier was hit by a VW Golf in a quiet Sheffield suburb.

Prior to the crash, the VW Golf was being chased by a police car.

Mr Jarral’s wife Tahreen, 32, was cut out of the vehicle’s mangled wreckage and is in hospital with a broken leg and back injuries.

A heartbroken relative said she is "clutching a photo" of her young son as she lies in hospital.

Her 22-year-old friend, named locally as Nikola Dunova, was also in the VW Touran along with her parents Miroslav Duna, 50, and Vlasta Dunova, 41, who both died at the scene.

Miss Dunova remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition and her daughter Livia Matova, three, is in a critical condition, South Yorkshire Police said.

The two families were returning home from a day trip to London when their vehicle was hit by the VW Golf, which was travelling on the wrong side of the road while being chased by a police BMW.

Mr Jarral’s uncle Shafqat Mirza questioned the police’s decision to pursue the car through a residential area and said "the tragedy had left a gap which can never be filled."

He said: "Maybe if police had handled things differently then the accident wouldn’t have happened.

"I’m not wholly blaming the police but if there are ways and means of doing the chase in a different way, then the police ought to take that into consideration."

Another of Adnan's uncles, Tariq Mirza, 57, said Adnan had booked a family holiday last week.

He said: "They were looking forward to travelling to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to see family for the first time since the children were born."

Mr Jarral was born in Pakistan and came to Britain as a business student. He had another son Omar, three, and stepson Abdullah, six.

They were both staying with relatives and were not in the vehicle at the time of the smash.

The crash happened less than 50 yards from the home of the Dunova family, who are Slovakian.

Mr Jarral was about to drop them off when the Golf crashed into them while overtaking a bus.

Resident Tufail Hussain, 80, who was one of the first people to get to the wreckage, said: "It was just terrible. It's the worst thing I have ever seen."

The Bower brothers have been remanded into custody to appear before Sheffield Magistrates' Court this morning.

T/Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore, investigating, said: “This incident and the fact that four people have lost their lives is tragic and understandably highly emotive.

“I would however please urge people to think about the comments they post on social media to enable criminal proceedings to go through the courts unhindered and allow those affected to grieve.”

A mandatory referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following the collision. South Yorkshire Police continue to assist them with their independent investigation.

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