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Motorcyclist seriously injured in hit and run in Coventry last month has died

Tristan Harris 11th Nov, 2020 Updated: 11th Nov, 2020

A MOTORCYCLIST who suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run crash in Coventry last month has died.

Malachi McClelland, who was 29, was struck by a black VW Golf GT in Kenilworth Road at 6pm on October 17.

The motorist drove off.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital but sadly died on Sunday, November 9.

In a tribute, his family, said: “Malachi was the cheekiest character, he always had a care free, live for the moment attitude.

“He loved to be centre of attention and made people laugh.

“His smile would light up the room. He had the kindest soul and would go above and beyond for his family and friends.

“He loved to be out on his bike and the freedom it gave him, he was always up for anything and recently did a skydive with his brother.

“He loved his fitness and he loved music and would always be singing at the top of his voice never afraid of making a fool of himself.”

Following analysis of a front nearside panel and fog light left behind at the scene police believe the Golf was a model made between 2014 and 2016, although the parts could have been fitted to a slightly different model as part of an upgrade or re-fit.

Two men, aged 65 and 34, and a woman, aged 19, were arrested on Monday (November 9) on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and a VW Golf car seized. All three have been released pending further enquiries.

Police investigations are continuing and officers want to speak to anyone who knows who was driving the Golf involved, or has any information about a Golf which has recently either been damaged or repaired.

Det Sgt Paul Hughes, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are doing all we can to support Malachi’s family in their grief.

“Whilst these arrests and the seizure of a car are clearly significant steps forward, the investigation is far from over and we continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry to establish the facts surrounding this collision.

“I would also appeal to whoever was driving that Golf, or who knows who was behind the wheel, to do the right thing and speak to us.

“We want to get answers to what exactly happened that day for all who are involved.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or submit details via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk – alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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