A mother and her young daughter who died in a horror crash while walking to nursery were hit by an Audi driver that was racing another motorist, eyewitnesses have claimed.

Justyne Hulboj, 27, and four-year-old Lena Czepczor were killed while walking on the pavement just moments before the white Audi TT collided with the wall of a Jaguar car dealership in Leeds.

Police said the pair were hit by the car which eyewitnesses claim had been ‘revving’ its powerful engine just moments before and drove in convoy with a BMW 135. 

Horrified staff emerged to find the young girl’s body, which had been hurled through the air following the crash, on the forecourt of the Jaguar dealership. 

Justyne Hulboj, 27, and four-year-old Lena Czepczor were killed shortly before the white Audi collided with the wall of the Vertu Jaguar Leeds car dealership on Scott Hall Road, Leeds

West Yorkshire Police said the pair were walking on the pavement when they were hit by the car - which had been travelling in convoy with a grey BMW 135i

West Yorkshire Police said the pair were walking on the pavement when they were hit by the car – which had been travelling in convoy with a grey BMW 135i

Police were called shortly after 8.30am to a report that a white Audi had collided with the wall of the Vertu Jaguar Leeds car dealership on Scott Hall Road, Leeds

Police were called shortly after 8.30am to a report that a white Audi had collided with the wall of the Vertu Jaguar Leeds car dealership on Scott Hall Road, Leeds

A tyre fitter who watched the scene unfold said: ‘I heard the Audi TT revving his engine at the red lights. 

‘Then he flew off down the road. I did not see the crash. But then all hell broke loose.’

Another added: ‘The driver was at the lights revving. He set off and 200 yards down the road he struck the two people on the pavement.’

Residents have previously described how the nearby A61 is used by speeding motorists at a ‘racing track’, who brazenly ignore speed limits and surge down the busy road, reports the Sun.

Three people have now been arrested in connection with the incident on Scott Hall Road, Leeds. 

Two men, aged 26 and 34, were arrested on suspicion of two offences of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in custody.

A 65-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. She has been released on bail, police confirmed.

A growing pile of flowers and cards were left at the scene of the tragedy on Tuesday afternoon.

A growing pile of flowers, teddy bears and cards were left at the scene of the tragedy on Tuesday afternoon

A growing pile of flowers, teddy bears and cards were left at the scene of the tragedy on Tuesday afternoon

Pictured: The aftermath of the horror smash in Leeds that saw two people lose their lives

Pictured: The aftermath of the horror smash in Leeds that saw two people lose their lives

One included a poignant note saying: ‘Yesterday heaven gained two angels. Two beautiful souls taken so tragically. May you both fly free in internal love.  

Another message read: ‘Dearest family. I am very sorry for your. Love and prayers are with you.’ 

Candles and teddy bears were also left by the road. One soft toy bore a note on its chest which read: ‘Thinking of all the family at this sad time. Such a tragic accident. Fly high.’ 

Friends paid tribute to the young mother and daughter, with one writing on Facebook: ‘Very heart-breaking. The little girl goes to my daughter’s school and sometimes she goes to breakfast club. She [her daughter] has been so sad about this.’

Another wrote: ‘Condolences to the families of the mother and her daughter. RIP.’ 

The emergency services arrived at the scene during rush hour on Monday morning. An eyewitness said: ‘The entire front of the Audi is missing. The [woman] and child were pedestrians crossing the road.

Two people, a woman and child, were found injured at the scene. Both were pronounced deceased a short time later

Two people, a woman and child, were found injured at the scene. Both were pronounced deceased a short time later

A police tent outside Vertu Jaguar Leeds dealership in Scott Hall Road, Leeds

A police tent outside Vertu Jaguar Leeds dealership in Scott Hall Road, Leeds

‘He set off and 200 yards down the road he struck the two people on the pavement.’

The driver of the Audi was taken to hospital and is being treated for injuries which are described as serious but not life-threatening. 

Vertu Leeds Jaguar Land Rover said: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific incident.’ 

Detective Inspector Paul Conroy, of the major collision enquiry team, said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic incident, and we are working to support the family of the woman and child involved.

‘We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but are keen to speak to anyone else who has witnessed the collision itself or the events leading up to it.

‘We would also ask anyone who was in the area around the time of this collision to check their dashcam footage.’



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