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A WOMAN has been arrested after a man died when his car crashed into a ditch in Thornhill Lees.
Asad Hussain, a 22-year-old university student from Ravensthorpe, was driving on Forge Lane on Sunday when his silver Honda Civic came off the road.
Asad, who studied law at Birmingham University, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 12.50pm.
It is believed he was travelling home from a gym session.
The 23-year-old female was travelling in a second vehicle and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Forge Lane was closed in both directions late into the evening.
Coun Mussarat Pervaiz (Dewsbury West) was a close member of the dead man’s family.
She said: “His father is Ajib Hussain and his mother is Asia.
“They had three sons and two daughters and Asad was the eldest.
“I understand he was in the car with his sister, Aroosa, and they were on their way back home after visiting a local gym.
“He was such a bright young lad and there are not enough words to say how we are all feeling at the moment. All his friends are out crying in the street.
“His mother is originally from Birmingham and they have family down there, so it made sense for him to study there.
“He was a very kind-hearted young man and was raising money to do charity work in countries where poverty is extreme and was going to go out and dig some wells with his friends.
“The family were due to fly out to Pakistan next week for a wedding but instead they will be attending their son’s funeral service at the mosque on North Road, Ravensthorpe.”
West Yorkshire Police Inspector Darren Brown said: “At 12.53pm on Sunday, March 3, police were called to a report of a vehicle which had come off the road and into a ditch at Forge Lane, Dewsbury.
“The vehicle was a silver Honda Civic. On police arrival, the 22-year-old male driver of the Civic was found to be deceased.
“A 20-year-old female passenger was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with minor injuries.
“A 23-year-old woman from a second vehicle has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The female is in custody.
“Police enquiries are continuing and we are appealing for witnesses to contact us on 101, quoting log no. 840 of March 3.”
A group of Asad’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to build a mosque in his memory.
They’ve already raised £1,800 towards a target of £6,000.
To donate, visit https://bit.ly/2XIatDh.