Shocking footage shows the moment a BMW flies off the road and hits a tree in a crash which left four friends dead.
The vehicle left the road in Bradford in the early hours of yesterday morning when it was being pursued by an unmarked police car.
Three victims were named locally as Murthza Chaudhry, 22, Zeeshan ‘Ziggy’ Khalid, 20, and Arbaz Hussain, 21. The fourth was identified only as a man called Tayyub.
Police said the BMW 1 Series – which Mr Chaudhry had recently brought – was being ‘driven at speed’ before the crash.
Mr Chaudhry’s father said: ‘It was his BMW – he had just bought it brand new. He has only had it about two weeks. He was just a happy little lad. He was so happy he had friends everywhere. He was a polite and quiet lad.
‘I used to say to him, “Don’t stay out too long because you don’t want to be getting into trouble”. He was only young. He was my only son and I am heartbroken.’
Neighbours reported hearing a huge bang and the video footage, posted on social media, showed the front of the grey BMW obliterated by the impact.
Officers attempted to resuscitate two of the men at the scene in Bradford and a third was cut free by firefighters.
The BMW was being pursued by an unmarked vehicle shortly after 5am when the driver is believed to have lost control.
At the family home in Bradford last night, Mr Chaudhry’s heartbroken father Istfar Iqbal, 40, confirmed that his ‘polite and quiet’ son was among the dead.
Mr Iqbal, who raised his son alone from the age of 11, said: ‘I woke up about eight o’clock.
‘I came downstairs and my mum was crying. She said, “Your son is dead”. I said, “What are you talking about?” I don’t know how it happened. I don’t know what he was doing with friends at that time in the morning.
‘Normally he would be home before midnight. I would always keep an eye on him. I can’t believe what has happened.’
Mr Chaudhry’s cousin Faisal Ali, 23, told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus: ‘He was a young lad enjoying life. He was an outgoing lad.
‘He had just come out college, he had his life ahead of him. I’m devastated.’
Mohammed Asim said on social media he was ‘gutted’ to hear of Arbaz’s death.
He said: ‘I grew up with him through primary school and always seen him about in my local, lived a few doors away.
‘Sad, 21 and gone, from what I knew of him, how he was with me, he was a good lad.’
Mohammed Rashid, 51, who lives 500 yards from the crash scene, said the men killed in the vehicle ‘were lovely local lads’.
Mr Rashid said he had left his house at 6:15am yesterday morning to take his youngest daughter to nursery as he witnessed the aftermath of the carnage.
He said all four of the local men visited his shop three times a week.
He said: ‘The lads are great and very decent kids, very polite and were well known around these parts.
‘They all come in to my shop, I saw them as customers, not on a personal level. It’s very sad, I feel sorry for the parents.’
One resident on the road who asked not to be named, said it was treated ‘like a race track at night.’
She told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus: ‘I heard a loud bang and went outside and there was lots of police.
‘I could hear police officers shouting ‘Can you hear me?’ into one of the cars, then more police and ambulances arrived.
‘One of my neighbours said there were three cars involved and people had died, and I saw a tyre on the other side of the road; it looked like a wheel had come off.
‘They just treat this road like a race track at night and there’s nothing to stop them, they are so loud even the houses behind us hear them.
‘Two weeks ago cars were racing and one of them pushed the other into our car which was parked up, causing £6,000 of damage.’
The BMW which crashed was being followed by an unmarked police car at the time, the police watchdog said.
In a statement yesterday, it said: ‘The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation after a fatal crash in Bradford this morning.
‘At about 5.30am a BMW crashed on Toller Lane, Bradford. Tragically four people inside the BMW have died.