FLOWERS and tributes have been placed at the scene of a road accident, which claimed the life of a 25-year-old local man.
The victim, named locally as John Braid, happened in Smith’s Wood last Friday. Mr Braid’s Fiat was travelling along Windward Way, when it collided with a van travelling in the opposite direction.
Emergency services had arrived at the scene at just before 2pm - but Mr Braid was pronounced dead at the scene.
An ambulance service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a van and a car with significant front end damage.
“The driver of the car, a man, suffered serious multiple injuries. Sadly it became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
Ambulance crews took the van driver, a 38-year-old from Small Heath, to Heartlands Hospital suffering from head, leg and whiplash injuries.
Following the crash, a nearby tree has been surrounded by flowers and draped with Aston Villa scarves, the team Mr Braid supported. Messages of condolence have also been posted by friends on social networking site Facebook.
A message from Steven Goldingay read: “R.I.P John, you were a good mate. We had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of fun, some of the best times of my life were spent with you and the lads. You will always be a legend and I will always remember you mate - you will be missed.”
And one of the cards said: “To our beloved son, you were one in a million, so very special.”
A 22-year-old man who had been driving along the road at the time was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call police on 0845 113 5000.