A mother whose 14-year-old daughter died after being hit by a suspected drug-driver on New Year’s Eve spoke today of how her life has been ‘broken forever’.
Olivia Kolek was near Rowley Regis railway station, Sandwell, in the West Midlands, at around 4.45pm yesterday, on her way to a party, when she was struck by a grey Mercedes.
Although paramedics were on the scene, it was tragic that nothing could be done for the girl. She was declared dead at 5.30pm.
Izabela Maziakowska was her distraught mother and stated that Olivia had been to work just before the accident to wish her a happy new year.
“She was my world. It is impossible to imagine my life without Girlanymore. I have no idea how I’m going to get up, get my life back on track. The Sun reports that the 41 year-old said it was broken for good.
Olivia Kolek (above), was on her way from Sandwell to a party when she was struck by a grey Mercedes and killed.
Izabela Maziakowska was her distraught mother and stated that Olivia had visited her work just before she died to wish her happy new year.
Pictured at the scene are police officers. Police were present at the scene when the driver of the gray Mercedes was stopped by officers and taken into custody on suspicion that he caused death while driving under the influence. He is still in custody of the police
“She came to the Post Office, where I was working, to wish me a Happy New Year. She gave me some money and said to have fun.
“That was my last chance to see her,” she said. She added that it was her last new year.
Polish couple Ms Maziakowska and her husband Lukasz Kolek, 40, had spent Christmas at home with Olivia, who helped decorate the tree and baked festive cookies.
I took a photograph of her baking the cookies. “I will cherish them now,” said Ms Maziakowska.
Also, she said Olivia was on her way with friends to a party and wasn’t sure if Olivia had stopped at the pedestrian crossing.
“I believe she was speaking on the phone to a friend, because one of her close friends said that they heard a loud bang. She asked for help and called an ambulance.
Driver of the grey Mercedes was a man aged 39 who stopped the car and was taken into custody on suspicion that he caused death driving under the influence. He is still in custody.
Ms Maziakowska stated that Olivia was on her way home from a party and wasn’t sure if she had stopped at the crosswalk to signal the crossing. (Above: Sandwell police yesterday
Sergeant Julie Lyman, West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit said that it was a terrible way to begin the New Year. My heart is with the family and friends of the girl.
“We are investigating the incident and have taken the driver into custody. He was clearly impaired from drugs.
“The investigation is still in its early stages. I urge everyone not to speculate on the internet about what has happened.” This is not useful and it can cause great distress for the families.
Everyone who witnessed the accident or the Mercedes grey Mercedes that was driving during the aftermath of the crash should get in touch.
The force says to message officers on Live Chat through its website or email the Serious Collision Investigation Unit directly at FL_COLLISION_INVEST@westmidlands.police.uk