A teenager faces a ‘long road to recovery’ after being seriously injured in an e-scooter crash which claimed her boyfriend’s life.
Shakur Pinnock, 20, suffered multiple serious injuries, including a fractured skull, two severed arteries, a broken jaw and punctured lungs.
The 19-year-old will now likely have several more weeks in hospital as she recovers from her own injuries and the loss of her ‘soulmate’.
Chanté’s aunt Emma Murphy has set up an online JustGiving page to raise funds for Shakur’s memorial costs and to support both families affected by the ‘horrific’ crash.
Paying tribute to Shakur, she told Birmingham Live: “Shak was the only person that was able to bring the biggest smile to my niece’s face, she just beamed when he was around.
“He made her laugh in a way nobody else could, with him she was truly happy and for this I will be eternally grateful to Shak.”
She added Chanté has a long road to recovery ahead – both physically and mentally.
“Losing her soulmate has been totally devastating, she said. “She has already undergone two lots of surgery and has more to come. She is likely to have to remain in hospital for many weeks.
“Chante’s family would really like to thank all the amazing doctors, nurses and other staff at Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham who really have made what has been a horrendous situation just a little more bearable.”
The JustGiving page set up by Emma reads: “We would like to help support Shakur Pinnock’s family.
“His mum, Celine Fraser-Pinnock, fought so hard to give him time to heal and after a Facebook post from Amanda Estridge went viral the whole world prayed together.
“No mother should EVER have to lay a child to rest, let alone worry about the costs.
“If anyone would like to help in any way, please consider donating whatever you can afford.
“Chante Hoosang, Shak’s soulmate/girlfriend, was also seriously injured in the crash, she has a long road to recovery ahead and she is really hoping that her iPhone (which was badly damaged in the crash) can be repaired/replaced, as this contains so many precious memories of her and Shak’s years together.
“If there are any remaining funds, they will be used to help Chante with her rehabilitation.”
A Facebook event has also been set up to ask people to support the families involved in any way they can.
West Midlands Police previously appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.
Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact the force via the live chat facility at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight.
Alternatively call 101 at anytime, quoting log 2690 of June 12.