Family of Agbrigg man killed in car smash wait for answers

Funeral for Ameer Ashraf, aged 31 from Agbrigg, Wakefield. Ameer died in a car crash on the morning of Tuesday 21st August, 2012.'w315a234
Funeral for Ameer Ashraf, aged 31 from Agbrigg, Wakefield. Ameer died in a car crash on the morning of Tuesday 21st August, 2012.'w315a234

THE family of a new dad who was killed in a car smash will have to wait for answers to what caused the accident.

Ammer Ashraf, 31, died when his car overturned during the early hours last Tuesday morning.

Ammer Ashraf with his 10-month-old son Akeel.

Ammer Ashraf with his 10-month-old son Akeel.

And the Muslim community brought Agbrigg to a standstill the following day as hundreds of friends and family attended his funeral service.

An inquest into his death was held in Leeds on Friday, but full details about what happened that tragic morning will not be revealed until a later date.

The inquest heard how the taxi boss had been visiting friends for a religious celebration and was driving along Denby Dale Road when his Silver Toyota Corolla careered into a cornfield and flipped over.

It is believed the car clipped a kerb before it overturned and there were no witnesses to the crash, which happened between 3am and 3.50am.

A passing lorry driver spotted the car in a field and discovered Mr Ashraf, a partner in Greenline Taxis, Westgate.

Emergency services were called, but the former Kettlethorpe High School pupil was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.14am.

Coroner David Hinchliff said a post mortem at Pinderfields Hospital found Mr Ashraf died of multiple injuries which were “consistent” with having been sustained in a road accident.

He adjourned the inquest for a detailed report to be prepared by West Yorkshire Police’s major collisions unit.

Mr Ashraf had been celebrating the Eid festival, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Mr Ashraf lived on Trinty Street with his wife Jamila and 10-month-old son Akeel.

Speaking after the inquest his sister Sughra Ashraf, 39, said their family was still coming to terms with the loss.

She said: “For the community it has been a time for mourning. His death has brought everyone together, never mind their background.

“We couldn’t have got through this hard week without the support from the community and we want to say a big thank you to them all for their support.”

She added that around 2,000 people had attended Masjid Zakariya mosque in Agbrigg.