11-year-old killed in motorway crash was helping 3-year-old cousin to safety when second car hit

Family and friends have paid tribute to a “beautiful and much loved” 11 year old girl who died in a tragic three car crash on the M61 at last month.

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Iman Zainab Javed was sitting in the rear-seat passenger in her family’s Volkswagen Sharan which was involved in a collision with a Renault Clio near junction 9 on the southbound carriageway of the motorway on 23 January.

As she tried to help her three-year-old cousin, a Volvo HGV travelling in the same direction then collided with both vehicles, killing 11-year-old Iman.

Iman’s father, Javed Iqbal, remains in critical condition in hospital.

In a statement, the family said: “She was a beautiful, caring, fun-loving, inquisitive and sometimes cheeky young girl. She loved baking and cooking and wanted to learn sewing. 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’s sister Saania, 15, said: “She was the best sister anyone could ask for.”

Iman’s aunts Zahdah and Shahida added: “She will always be our baby girl and she leaves behind a lifetime of precious memories. Iman will always be in our hearts.”

Iman’s best friend Mia Kelly, 11, said: “She is everything you could ever want in a best friend. Kindness, thoughtfulness, she was always there for me when I needed her. I love you Iman. You are always in our hearts.”

Iman’s family also thanked the emergency services and the Royal Preston Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital for the care given to Iman and her father.

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