Quarry Bank Woman Dies After Dudley Car Park Accident

Eleanor Underhill died after falling from a car bonnet at a Dudley Supermarket

A young Quarry Bank woman has died after she fell from a car bonnet in a Dudley supermarket car park.

Eleanor Underhill was on the bonnet of a silver Vauxhall Corsa being driven in the car park at Tesco Extra, Birmingham Road, at around 10.30pm on Boxing Day before she fell and suffered a fatal head injury.

The 20-year-old was taken to Russells Hall Hospital by friends but she failed to recover and died from her injuries on Tuesday (January 3) – the day police were informed.

Three people were arrested yesterday (Thursday, January 5) in connection with the incident for offences of manslaughter and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Two men, aged 18 and 19 and an 18-year-old woman, all from Stourbridge, have all been bailed until March 29 while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Alan Wood, from the West Midlands Police's Regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this time.

"There were a number of people in the car park at the time and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward.

“In particular, I would like to hear from the occupants of a dark blue three-door VW Golf, which was in the car park playing loud music, plus the occupants of a small red Peugeot with a spoiler on the rear and red tinsel attached.”

In a statement released through West Midlands Police, Eleanor's family said: “Our beautiful daughter Eleanor Jane Underhill was such a bubbly, lively girl and the life and soul of everything; she truly lived life to the fullest.

“As a family we are totally devastated and really need to find out the truth of what happened that night.

"If anybody has any information about how Eleanor came to suffer her injuries, no matter how insignificant or small they believe that information to be, please get in contact with the police.”

Anyone with information should contact Sergeant Wood by calling on 101, using the extension number 843 6046.


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