Tragedy of ‘car-loving’ BMW driver who died after crashing into back of HGV tanker

A ‘much-loved son’ died after a crash with a HGV tanker, an inquest heard. Aqeel Ahmed, described as a ‘beloved son who was always smiling’, was just 28 when he suffered multiple injuries after his car struck the back of the lorry.

The quality engineer, from Hall Green[1], had been “driving at speed” in a BMW 1 series when the collision took place on the A38 Sutton Coldfield Bypass, his record of inquest detailed. While driving, he lost control of the car during an “overtaking manoeuvre” and hit the rear of the vehicle in front.

It took place shortly after 10.30pm on October 27 last year. He suffered multiple serious injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene by emergency services.

The record of inquest read: “At approximately 22.36pm on 27/10/23 Mr Ahmed was driving at speed in a BMW M140l on the A38 Sutton Coldfield[3] Bypass, between T3 junction of the M6 Toll and the Bassetts Pole roundabout, when travelling towards Bassetts Pole he lost control during an overtaking manoeuvre and collided with the rear of a preceding HGV tanker.

“He suffered serious injuries and was confirmed deceased at the scene following attendance of the emergency services.” His devastated family had previously told wellwishers to “hug your loved ones – life is short.”

He had been described by his family as a “beloved son, brother, nephew, grandson and friend”. They added: “Aqeel was always smiling and his loss will be felt by everyone who knew him. He was reliable, hardworking, kind and generous and had a love for cars and the gym.”

Why journalists cover inquests

Journalists are always allowed to go to inquests and are allowed to report anything which is said in court. Many journalists report inquests as part of the principle of ‘open justice’.

The purpose of open justice and reporting from inquests is to: make sure that the public understands the reasons why someone has died, make sure that deaths are not kept secret, draw attention to circumstances which may lead to more deaths or injuries and to prevent this from happening and clear up any rumours or suspicion about the death.

Following the outpouring of grief, Tahir Mahmood posted on Facebook: “From all the family: thank you for all the kind words and he was indeed a lovely young family member full of life who has left his parents totally devastated. Love and respect to all.”

After explaining his burial had taken place, Mr Mahood added: “Hug your loved ones and always remind them how loved they are, life is short.”


  1. ^ Hall Green (
  2. ^ Family of A38 crash victim Aqeel Ahmed give poignant update to wellwishers (
  3. ^ Sutton Coldfield (