Dad-of-three Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, and son Usman died when their VW Touran collided with a VW Golf being chased by police through Darnall
A father and his baby son killed when their car was hit by a vehicle chased by police were just “20 seconds” from home.
Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, and one-year-old Usman Adnan Jarral were among four people killed in the Sheffield horror crash on Friday night.
Adnan’s VW Touran, carrying seven people, collided with a VW Golf.
Adnan’s wife Tahreem, 32, and her friend Nikola Dunova, 22, were injured and remain in hospital.
Nikola’s parents Vlasta Dunova, 41, and Miroslav Duna, 50, were both killed while her three-year-old daughter Livia Matova, three, remains in a critical condition.
Adnan’s distraught uncle, Azrat Mirza, told the Sun Online: “He was literally 20 seconds away from his home.
“Tragedy struck just before he could get home.”
Another uncle, Tariq Mirza, described how his Muslim faith helped him deal with the double tragedy.
Mr Mirza, 57, said: “At the time we were upset but what we believe in within our religion is what is destined to happen will happen.
“We do not blame anybody for what happened.
“What I believe is [the crash] is more of an excuse for his death,” he continued.
“He was meant to go on that day, that is our belief, that his time was up.
“That was his place, that was his time to die.
“As Muslims we believe that was the space and place he was going to die.”
Mr Mirza revealed that Adnan and his family had been driving through the Darnall area of Sheffield after returning from a day trip to London.
Paying tribute, he said: “The whole community is shocked, it has hit everyone.
“Adnan was a bubbly character who was full of life. He would talk to everyone, everyone loved him. He was never angry.”
The carer also spoke of one-year-old Usman, whose life was cruelly taken in the crash.
Usman had two older brothers – Abdullah aged six and Omar aged three – who were not in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
ariq said: “He used to love playing with his older brothers.
“He was such an active baby for his age, he was always playing with his brothers.
“Adnan loved his kids for the world. They were such a close family.”
Adnan and his wife Tahreem had been together for around four years after Adnan moved to the UK five years ago and settled in Sheffield.
He worked in a local food factory and had many friends across the county, Mr Mirza said.
And he said the whole community had gathered at a local mosque to pray.
“I can’t believe he has gone,” Mr Mirza said. “It just hasn’t sunk in yet.
“I am just staring and waiting for him to come through the door.
“I haven’t been able to sleep all weekend.
“We have a wide family and everyone has been praying.
“The support from family, friends and the public has been unbelievable.”
Following the 8.50pm collision on Friday, three men travelling in the VW Golf, aged 23, 17 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in custody.
On Saturday, Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore from South Yorkshire Police said: “I know the local community will be shocked and saddened to hear what happened last night and we will have officers in the area today to speak to residents, should they have any questions or concerns.
“I’d like to thank those who helped immediately after the collision and for their support and patience during the evening
“I’d also like to ask anyone who saw what happened, or who may have dashcam footage of the collision to please get in touch with us.”
South Yorkshire Police added: “Due to the fact that the Golf was being pursued before the collision, a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 741 of 9 November 2018.”