‘Please don’t let me die” – Law graduate cries out as she plunge to her death from a bridge while fleeing blazing car

A law graduate who plunged to her death from a bridge while desperately seeking help after her car caught fire today said to rescuers: ‘Please don’t let me die’
Azra Kemal, 24, was travelling from London when she fell from a bridge on the A21 onto the land below, her mum confirmed today.

6 The 24-year-old, named locally as Azra Kemal, was travelling from London when she fell from a bridge on the A21 onto the land below

Detectives said they believed the London School of Economics law graduate fell while desperately looking for help after the car she was travelling in caught fire.

Speaking of her daughter’s death today, Azra’s mum Nevres Kemal, 56, said: “She was driving along the A21 with friends in the car.

“They got out of the car and moved away from the car. Then it exploded. They were trying to wave people down and they also crossed the central reservation.

“She climbed up and there was no concrete. This reservation was not there. It was pitch black so she has fallen 40 feet to the earth.

“She was still alive. The guy jumped down and could not see her.

“She said ‘Don’t leave me here’.

“Fortunately an off-duty nurse was passing and saw the car and she called the paramedics. The accident happened at 2.34am and she was pronounced dead at 3.20am.

“Her last words were ‘Please don’t let me die’.”


Azra, who was due to start a law practice course this year, was on her way home from a night out with friends when the engine of the car she was in burst into flames.

She fled the vehicle to look for help but as she tried to cross the carriageway, she fell to her death.

It is thought she failed to spot a drop on the other side of some railings as she walked in the dark.

She was travelling with a 31-year-old friend and had called her mum just minutes earlier to say she was on her way home.

Her companion was arrested but was later released without charge.

Ms Kemal said: “She rang about 2.30am to tell me she was coming back.

“She was such a giver, she was so bright and feisty.

“She was my world. I can’t cry anymore. She doted on me and I doted on her. She was a beautiful soul.”

Friends paid tribute to Azra at the family home today.

Pal Tamara Griffith said: “She was the most hard working person I have ever met in my life. She believed in things.

“We were robbed of these great things to come. She was going to change the world.”
Rosie Gavan said: “There was no other Azra on this earth and I don’t think there ever will be.”

And Aimee Rainbird, added: “She was such a strong woman. She was so soulful, she was a light.”

Journalist Jason Farrell paid tribute to Azra as a “great friend” who cared “deeply about people”.

He tweeted: “Incredibly sad day. Azra Kemal, talented, tenacious and full of fun has died in a car accident.

“She cared deeply about people, was a great friend and occasional fixer helping me create some of my best work at Sky News. She will be hugely missed.”

Photos showed the burnt out vehicle on the A21 early on Thursday morning, close to the exit for Tonbridge.

Drivers were left stranded in their vehicles for more than three hours, as emergency services raced to the scene.

A spokesman for Kent police said: “Detectives investigating the circumstances around the death of a woman who fell from a bridge on the A21 are satisfied there are no suspicious circumstances and are now preparing a report for the coroner.

“Kent Police was called at 2.34am on July 16 after the woman fell, near an exit for Tonbridge, onto land below.

“She was declared deceased at the scene by South East Coast Ambulance Service.

“The woman, who was aged 24 years and from London, is understood to have fallen while seeking assistance after a car she was travelling in caught alight.

“A 31-year-old man, from London, who was arrested in connection with the incident has since been released without charge.”

Two fire engines were called to the vehicle on fire at 2.20am.

They put the blaze out and left the scene at 3.40am.

Officers are preparing a report for the coroner and anyone who has information that may assist should call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting 16-0120.

Motorists with video footage can make a report through the Kent Police section of the Major Incident Public Reporting Site: https://mipp.police.uk/


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