Family man Abdul Haque did not die alone
A LOVING father who was killed when his taxi crashed with another car did not die alone, it has emerged.
A passenger, who was in the taxi driven by Abdul Haque, has come forward with his story.
He wanted to reassure Mr Haque's grieving family that he was not alone when he took his final breath.
Speaking from his bed at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Richard Barton spoke of the moment the grey Mitsubishi Grandis taxi and a silver Audi A4 collided at 3.30am on Saturday. A 22-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the smash at the junction of Park Place and Andover Road.
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He had minor injuries, and was treated at Cheltenham General Hospital.
But paramedics battled in vain to save Hackney Carriage driver Mr Haque, 45, a former school teacher, who died at the scene.
Mr Barton, 41, a heating engineer, from Leamington Spa, who suffered a broken leg, broken teeth and chest pains in the crash, said the family man was breathing for around 20 minutes before he passed away.
The dad of one, who was in town visiting a friend, said: "His family have a right to know that he didn't die alone.
"I remember waking up and the fire brigade were cutting us out.
"I'm not sure how the accident happened but I fell forward. It's all a blur."
Mr Barton has had to have his leg, which was smashed in the accident, pinned with metal in order to knit the bones together, such is the severity of the break.
He added: "I'm a dad and I know my family would have wanted to know how I died and that I was with someone."
Mr Haque, who used to own a takeaway in Charlton Kings, leaves behind his wife, Rubi, 42, sons Robbie, 18, and Mumin, eight, and daughters Hazera, 14, and Riya, 13.
Mr Haque's cousin Abdul Mazid spoke on behalf of the family and described him as a "real gentleman."
He added: "He moved to Cheltenham 17 years ago, and has lived in the St Peter's area for a long time.
"He was a very nice person and a real gentleman.
"He was soft-hearted, and a very calm man who loved his family, just a really great man.
"He loved teaching, and working with children.
"It was his passion."
Deeply religious, Mr Haque was getting ready to take his family to visit relatives in Cardiff after the holy festival of Ramadan, when Muslims observe a month of fasting.
The 22-year-old Audi driver was bailed to return to Cheltenham police station on October 25.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or saw either of the cars prior to the collision should call the police on 101, quoting incident 80 of August 10.
Close friend Moshin Miah, 42, added that Mr Haque had been "a great friend."