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Three ‘best friends’ killed in crash at London retail park named by police



Sohail Zulfiqar, 20, Mohamad Zeidani, 22 and Mohammed Ghazzi, also 22, were killed in a horror car crash on Sunday

Three best friends who died in a car crash near the Staples Corner retail park in north-west London have been named by police.

Sohail Zulfiqar, 20, Mohamad Zeidani, 22 and Mohammed Ghazzi, also 22, were all killed in a horror crash near Staples Corner in Brent Cross at the weekend.

The trio were killed when their Mercedes CLK convertible crashed through a car park fence and down an embankment, hitting a footbridge, the Metropolitan Police said.

They were among five people packed into the vehicle when it swerved into some trees at 11.26pm on Sunday.

The three friends were pronounced dead at the scene, while the remaining two were rushed to hospital and are in a non-life threatening condition, police added.

Sohail Zulfiqar, 20, was a computer science student from Uxbridge

Officers believe a number of other cars were in the car park but do not currently know if they were involved in the crash.

Mr Ghazzi, Mr Zeidani and Mr Zulfiqar were returning home with two friends after going to the gym in a nearby Retail Park.

Police have described the incident as a ‘terrible accident’, and no arrests have been made.

Mr Zulfiqar’s younger brother Shaan described Sohail as ‘the most generous person and the strongest person I know.

Mohamad Emad Zeidani, 22, was also killed in the crash

‘He was in his second year at university and was going to turn 21 in ten days time.

‘Everybody loved him, he was just the best person you could meet. If you needed anything, he’d always help you.’

A friend of the boys, who only gave his name as Nabil, said: ‘They were lovely boys who’d been friends since childhood.

‘They did everything together and went to the same university. They were both very intelligent.’

A family friend of Mr Zeidani’s father said he is ‘devastated’ and his ‘heart has been broken’.

Another friend at the scene, who asked not to be named, said the man who escaped serious harm did so because he was flung clear of the vehicle before it crashed.

He said: ‘We don’t know how this accident happened. We have no answers. The families are waiting for answers from the police. We need more information.

Mohammed Ghazzi, 22, also lost his life in the horror crash near Staples Corner in Brent Cross 

‘Three of the friends died instantly and the two others were rushed to hospital. One of them is in a very bad way.

‘The man who was less seriously injured was somehow thrown from the car. I don’t know if that was after the car dropped down from the bank or he threw himself out.’

The friend said he knew Mr Zeidani’s father, who is originally from Lebanon.

He added: ‘He is devastated. You cannot even talk to him at the moment. His heart has been broken.’

A retail worker who had viewed CCTV of the incident told the Mail how the young men were spotted driving a soft top convertible with the top down just before the crash.

He told the publication: ‘Young men regularly meet in this car park and race around it. It’s a fairly regular thing but on this occasion, it’s ended in tragedy.’

A local garage owner told the Evening Standard: ‘I turned up for work this morning and there were police everywhere. It was carnage. There was blood in the road, it was horrific.’

The car plunged into an undergrowth (Picture: PA Wire)

Detective Sergeant Paul Jackson, leading the investigation said: ‘Our thoughts remain with the families of Mohamad, Mohammed and Sohail as they come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.

‘We will continue to support them in whatever way we can.

‘The two other passengers are stable and in a non-life threatening condition. They are also being supported by officers and I hope they make a full recovery soon.

‘We are aware of commentary circulating on social media and by the media speculating on the manner of driving before the collision.

‘Whilst we have a number of active lines of enquiry and are keeping an open mind, evidence gathered so far suggests that the vehicle involved was not racing or performing high speed laps or stunts as has been reported.

‘These were three lives, taken far too young, and our enquiries into the full circumstances of what happened continue. Their families deserve answers and so, again, we would ask anyone who witnessed anything or has any relevant mobile phone or dashcam footage to come forward.

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