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‘She was a beautiful blessing’: Girl, 11, died saving her three-year-old cousin from M61 horror crash moments before …

  • Iman Javed was a backseat passenger in a Volkswagen on M61 near Preston
  • The car was smashed by a Renault Clio travelling in the same direction
  • Her mother and sister got out safely but she was still in the car with cousin
  • She helped her cousin get to safety before the car was then hit by a lorry

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A brave 11-year-old girl stuck in a car wreckage died saving her three-year-old cousin moments before a lorry ploughed into her on the M61.

Iman Javed was a backseat passenger in a Volkswagen Sharan being driven by her father Iqbal in heavy fog near Preston.

The car was smashed by a Renault Clio travelling in the same direction.

Hero: Iman Javed, 11, with her three-year-old cousin Aaima. Her mother Khaldah described her as a 'blessing from Allah'

Hero: Iman Javed, 11, with her three-year-old cousin Aaima.

Her mother Khaldah described her as a ‘blessing from Allah’

Iman’s mother Khaldah and her sister 15-year-old sister Saania climbed free from the wreckage.

Then Iman managed to help her cousin Aaima Vasim, who suffers from a serious heart condition, escape but was unable to get out before a lorry slammed into the car.

The youngster, a pupil at Norden Community Primary School in Rochdale, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on 23 January.

Her father Javed was seriously injured and police said he remains in a critical condition fighting for his life in hospital.

The grief-stricken family said Iman had a ‘special bond’ with her cousin Aaima and her ‘last act in the world’ was to free her from the vehicle.

The family’s emotional statement read: ‘She was a beautiful, caring, fun-loving, inquisitive and sometimes cheeky young girl. She loved baking and cooking and wanted to learn sewing.

Role-model: Iman Javed with Aaima Vasim, her three-year-old cousin whose life she saved

Role-model: Iman Javed with Aaima Vasim, her three-year-old cousin whose life she saved

‘Iman could play patiently for hours with her younger baby cousins but she could also tell you the impact Brexit had on the pound! She had her GSCEs planned and wanted to study medicine.

‘Iman enjoyed shopping and was very good at picking out items for birthdays, baby showers or weddings.

She was looking forward to the SATs in the summer and the pink limo she wanted on the last day of school.

‘Iman had a particularly special bond with her three-year-old cousin Aaima Vasim who suffers from a serious heart condition.

‘Iman’s last act in this world was to help Aaima out of the vehicle to safety.’

Her mother Khaldah described her as a ‘blessing from Allah’.

Iman Javed was a backseat passenger in a Volkswagen Sharan being driven by her father Iqbal on the M61 near Preston in heavy fog when the collision happened on 23 January

Iman Javed was a backseat passenger in a Volkswagen Sharan being driven by her father Iqbal on the M61 near Preston in heavy fog when the collision happened on 23 January

The family, which also includes Iman’s twin brother Rehan and older siblings Usman, 18, Mariyah, 19, and Sannia, 15, thanked the emergency services and the Royal Preston Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital for the care given to Iman and her father.

Linda Cotton, headteacher of Norden Community Primary School, said: ‘We have all suffered a tremendous shock at the death, in such tragic circumstances.’

Iman was a rear-seat passenger in a Volkswagen Sharan which was hit by a Renault Clio near junction 9 on the southbound carriageway of the M61 on January 23.

A Volvo HGV travelling in the same direction then collided with both vehicles.

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