Tributes to great-grandfather killed in hit-and-run

Tributes to great-grandfather killed in hit-and-run

Tributes to great-grandfather killed in hit-and-run

Tributes have been paid to a great-grandfather and volunteer charity worker killed in a hit-and-run accident while on his bike in Birmingham.

Andell Goulbourne, 59, fondly known as Spring-i, was pronounced dead at the scene after police were called to reports of a serious collision between a car and his pedal bike, on Washwood Heath Road, at 11.15pm on Thursday  (July 30).

His family said: “Father of three, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, tragically and horrifically died last Thursday at the hands of unknown perpetrators.

“Our family and black community are desperately appealing to you to come forward, this was a cruel and heartless act.

“Andell was a kind and generous individual, a mentor to many young people. He always sought to serve those less fortunate, this was reflected in his role as a volunteer charity worker. He was a beacon of light.”

West Midlands Police believe there were four men in the car at the time of the collision; all four fled the scene.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the serious collision unit said: “Fortunately we were able to trace Mr Goulbourne’s family and we now have specialist officers supporting them at what is a very sad and painful time for them.

“Mr Goulbourne was callously left in the road fatally injured while these people ran off, I need them to do the right thing and talk to us.

“Equally, anyone who saw anything who hasn’t been in touch should do so, it was a busy evening with lots of people out celebrating Eid.”

A man, 32, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released pending further investigation.

A grey BMW M135i registration LG20 MYB has been seized for forensic analysis.

Police can be contacted by email at, call 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online between 8am and midnight. Quote log 5069 of July 30.