Grandad killed in Bedfordshire M1 crash as he drove new Audi home

A Birmingham grandfather was killed in a Bedfordshire motorway crash yesterday (January 3) as he drove home in his new Audi. Haji Rabnawaz Khan had just collected his Audi R8 when it crashed between junctions 12 and 13 of the M1, near Milton Keynes, at around 1:20pm on Sunday. His son was said to have been following behind and witnessed the crash, as reported by BirminghamLive.

The motorway was closed for most of the day while investigators examined the scene. Mr Khan, who was a father-of-four and grandfather-of-five, was well-known and ran a car alarms shop in Birmingham for 30 years. His heartbroken brother Haji Jehan Zeb, 52, told BirminghamLive: “He will be missed.

It is a great loss to the family and community. “He did a lot of fundraising in local mosques. He would put on activities.

He would contribute a certain percentage of his garage earnings to charity. “He established his business more than 30 years ago and trained his son to work in it.” “He was so very well-known that people would pay for his travel expenses because they trusted his workmanship.

It was of a high standard.”

Haji Rabnawaz Khan died on the M1 yesterday as he drove home his new Audi R8

Zeb said his brother had turned 50 in December and bought the 2018 Audi R8 as a treat for himself after working so hard all his life. He said: “He was deep into his religion. He would help anyone.

Whenever there was an issue, he would help, no matter what.” Mr Khan’s Mosque, Green Lane Masjid, said: “Our dear brother Rabnawaz who was a longstanding member of the GLMCC congregation passed away in a road traffic accident. “We ask that Allah forgives his sins and grants him Jannah/paradise.”

Councillor and family friend Majid Mahmood said: “I have been told he performed Umrah [a pilgrimage to Mecca] every year for the last ten years, and that he used to help to fundraise at a masjid for the less fortunate. “He worked extremely hard for his family and was much loved by the community at large. He will be sorely missed.”

The motorway was shut for more than five hours after the crash.

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The southbound carriageway reopened at around 7pm, according to Bedfordshire Police. The northbound carriageway reopened shortly before midnight. Today (January 4), Bedfordshire Police issued an appeal for witnesses of the crash.

PC Felicity Moody from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit said: “We have launched an investigation into the circumstances of this collision and are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed the incident. “Our specially trained liaison officers are supporting the family at this difficult time. “If you think you saw the car prior to the collision, or have any dash cam footage, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting Operation Romeo or use the online reporting centre.

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