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Player quizzed over fatal crash
Lee Hughes
Lee Hughes went to a Coventry police station
Police are continuing to question West Bromwich Albion striker Lee Hughes on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, following an accident in which a man died.

West Midlands Police said a 27-year-old man from Meriden in Warwickshire was arrested on Monday morning after giving himself up at a police station.

A police statement on Monday evening said the player would remain in custody overnight for further questioning on Tuesday.

The arrest follows a search for the driver of a Mercedes CL55 coupe involved in the crash with a Renault Megane in the early hours of Sunday.

Douglas Graham, 56, of Eastern Green, Coventry, a rear seat passenger in the Megane, died from his injuries.

Earlier a police spokeswoman told BBC News Online: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving failing to stop after an injury road traffic collision.

"He remains in custody at Little Park Street police station in Coventry and is due to be questioned by officers."

Broken leg

West Midlands Police had been unable to trace the driver, despite visiting his home and contacting his employers.

Five men had been in the Mercedes car at the time of the accident.

Three were questioned at the scene and a fourth was subsequently interviewed.

Douglas Graham
Douglas Graham died from his injuries.

Police say a silver Mercedes CL55 coupe and a Renault Megane were in collision at the junction between the A45 Birmingham Road and Pickford Grange Lane in Meriden, Warwickshire.

In a statement released by West Midlands Police the family of Mr Graham said they were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a caring husband, father and grandfather.

"Known as Doug to his friends, he moved to Coventry from Scotland in the 1960s to work in the motor industry, employed as a paint sprayer, later moving into the construction industry," his family said.

"He leaves a wife, four children and four grandchildren."

Mr Graham's wife, who was also a passenger in the car, was treated at Coventry and Warwickshire hospital for a broken leg.

The police spokeswoman said: "The male driver suffered a broken pelvis and another male passenger also suffered bruising."

West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses.

Player missed training

In a statement, West Bromwich Albion said the club would not comment on the case, but confirmed the player would not be considered for the First Division team's next game.

The statement said: "The club understands that West Midlands Police wishes to speak to Lee Hughes to discover the full facts surrounding an accident that occurred shortly after midnight on 23 November involving two vehicles, one of which belongs to Lee.

"Until the full facts of the situation are understood, the club will make no further comment, except to say that Lee will not be considered for selection for Tuesday evening's game against Cardiff City since he missed training on both Sunday and Monday."

When asked about what affect Mr Hughes' arrest would have on the team West Bromwich Albion manager Gary Megson said it was difficult to judge at the moment.

"It is something that happened at the weekend so it's not as if we can say it has had this effect or that effect.

"But first and foremost we are talking about someone who has died in this incident and we are more concerned about that than any implications it may have with ourselves."


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