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First Pictures Of Toddlers Killed After A Car Careered Into Their Pushchairs

16/08/2012 11:34 | Updated 22 May 2015
First pictures of toddlers killed after a car careered into their pushchairsLeicestershire Police

Smiling and gorgeous, these are the first pictures of the toddlers whose young lives were snatched from them by an out-of-control car that ploughed into their buggies.

One-year-old Oliwier Baczyk and two-year-old Zofia Tabaka were thrown into the air 'like rag dolls' after the BMW ripped the pushchairs from their fathers' hands in Leicester on the morning of August 7.

Shocking CCTV footage from a nearby shop showed the car careering towards a pedestrian crossing after colliding with a Mini Cooper. Seconds later the children were hit.

They were taken to hospital with multiple injuries but Oliwier died hours later while Zofia passed away during the night. Their dads, aged 28 and 29, sustained minor injuries.

Their deaths have left the children's families and friends devastated.

Speaking on behalf of the families, Alicia Komar said the 'heartbreak is indescribable' but that they had been comforted by the support they have received from the local community.

She said: "From those who have approached us to offer their support or condolences, to those total strangers who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the way the local people have reacted to our tragic loss.

"Grief has no language barriers, no cultural differences - the pain and loss is universal and in the past week, we have found, so has been the support. This has given us great comfort and for that we would like to say thank you."

Police confirmed that the bodies of Oliwier and Zofia will be repatriated to Poland.

The drivers of both vehicles were arrested following the collision, at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate, Leicester.

A 40-year-old woman who was driving the BMW and the 61-year-old male driver of the Mini Cooper were later released on police bail after being held for several hours.

CCTV footage shows one of the dads bending down to tend to his child. A fraction of a second later the other father spots the BMW and tries to yank his buggy away. But the car is going too fast and snatches it from his grasp.

Builders working nearby raced to help the toddlers. Building worker Dave Marsh, 28, who rushed to help the toddlers, said: "I ran over and the first thing I saw was the baby boy on the floor.

He was just like a rag doll, he wasn't moving at all. He was bleeding a lot. Other people had got to the little girl so I stopped with the boy and held his hand and tried to make him comfortable.

"I stopped with him until the paramedics arrived. It's absolutely tragic. If they had been three steps back they would have been fine."

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