Ethiopiaforums reported yesterday on A woman who found dead under a bridge in Coventry, Engeland now identified as Genet Kidane, Eritrean national. According to Coventry telegraph A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead on Coventry’s ring road yesterday morning.
A witness told the Telegraph that a couple were spotted arguing on the footbridge near the Canal Basin minutes before the 41-year-old plunged to her death onto the ring road.
Police today named the woman as Genet Kidane, an Eritrean national.
A post mortem examination carried out on the body of the 41-year-old confirmed her fatal injuries were consistent with falling from the Canal Basin bridge, Ringway St Nicholas.
Police were called at 6.51am yesterday to reports of two people lying in the road at the canal bridge.
An injured man was also discovered on the road.
The 32-year-old was taken to University Hospital at Walsgrave with suspected leg and back injuries.
He remains in hospital where he is being held on suspicion of murder.
A police source said a couple had been spotted on the bridge before the incident and urged witnesses who may have seen them to come forward.
Paul Saunders, a site services officer for the city council, told the Telegraph he had been on his way in to work when he said he saw a couple arguing on the Canal Basin bridge about 6.40am.
He said: “I had parked my car near the Canal Basin and was walking into the city centre.
“As I was walking across the bridge I saw a couple arguing. There were raised voices but they were speaking in another language so I don’t know what they were saying.
“I saw the man pull the woman close to him against his chest as if to hug her.
“Then as I continued to walk past them they started raising their voices again.
“I thought what was happening was a bit strange. I thought to myself I would call CV One when I got to work to alert them and to make sure the cameras were on the couple.
“But by the time I got there I heard there had been an incident and the ring road had closed.
“I automatically knew then I was too late and it was the couple I had seen, so I came back to the scene and told police what I had seen.”
Police closed the ring road in both directions between junction eight at Holyhead Road and junction one at Foleshill Road.
It caused huge tailbacks on surrounding roads during the morning rush hour.
The ring road was re-opened in both directions at 12.30pm.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival at the scene crews found two people, a man and a woman, lying in the road.
“Unfortunately nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.”
Police are continuing to appeal for information and in particular are keen to speak to three potentially key witnesses – a nurse who administered first aid; the driver of a black cab which drove past the scene clockwise on ringway St Nicholas; and a woman crossing the bridge who was carrying a red umbrella.
If anyone witnessed the incident they are urged to contact the helpdesk at Willenhall police station on 0345 113 5000, extension 7934 6312