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Man wanted in connection with Birmingham fatal hit-and-run

Detectives investigating a fatal collision in Birmingham have released details of a man they are hunting for.

After extensive enquiries officers believe a man using the name Antonio Russo was driving the car which struck Rajesh Chand on the Soho Road in Handsworth on 31 August.

Mr Chand, aged 29, was crossing the road just before 4am when he was struck by a car which failed to stop at the scene.

He sustained serious head injuries and was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

Antonio Russo
Antonio Russo wanted in connection with fatal hit-and-run

A 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision, on Saturday 31 August, and was released pending further investigation.

Officers believe that three cars were potentially travelling together that evening.  It was the third car, a black Audi A4 S Line Estate, with the number plate NJ60 UOX, that hit Mr Chand.

Enquiries have revealed that this car was registered to Antonio Russo, 31, who was living in Rushall, Walsall. However, officers have been unable to trace Russo to date.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, has today renewed his appeal: “This is a complex investigation and I need to keep an open mind around the circumstances of the collision and all possible scenarios.

“I am happy that the Audi A4 was involved in the collision and will have sustained front nearside damage. This vehicle remains outstanding and I’d renew my appeal for anyone who has seen it or has any information about it to get in touch.

“Our investigation has led us to Russo being our main suspect. I believe he is an Albanian national but I strongly believe based on identification documents recovered that this is a false identity.

“However, I am confident that the image is a true likeness of the man we are looking for.

“If you recognise this man, or have any information about Russo, I’d urge to get in touch with me or my team. Mr Chand was killed in tragic circumstances and his family need answers."

Contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on email at FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, call 101 or Live Chat us via www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log number 484 of 31 August.

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