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Oldbury death crash: Man died days before 25th birthday

Tauseef Shaukat
Image caption Tauseef Shaukat died in hospital after the collision in Oldbury

The family of a man who died following a car crash in the West Midlands say he was killed just two days before his 25th birthday.

Tauseef Shaukat was driving a Fiat Punto along Churchbridge, in Oldbury, on 13 June when his car was in collision with a Subaru Impreza.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died a short time later.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, were arrested nearby on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and burglary.

West Midlands Police said three young male occupants of the Subaru left the vehicle following the collision and officers were still trying to locate one of them.

Police believe the Subaru had been involved in a burglary at a Co-op store, in Tame Road, a short time earlier.

'Tragically taken'

The family of Mr Shaukat, from Smethwick, said in a statement: "Tauseef was a God's blessing to this world, a blessing of a beloved son and brother and a role model for his four younger brothers and his cousins.

"His life was so tragically taken just two days before he and his family could share the happiness of his 25th birthday.

"His death has devastated his family and his fiancée who he loved dearly."

Two other passengers in the Fiat Punto suffered injuries and received hospital treatment.

West Midlands Police appealed for anyone with information about the whereabouts of the third occupant of the Subaru to contact them.

Sgt Ferris Hatheson said: "A young man tragically lost his life in this incident and we want to ensure that all those involved are spoken to as part of our inquiries.

"This was a very serious incident and we urge the young man to visit his local police station to assist our investigation."

The two arrested teenagers have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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