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Greater safeguards urged after fatal police chase collision

A leading road traffic lawyer has urged for a thorough inquiry after a car being pursued by a police vehicle in South London killed a 13-year-old girl

A leading road traffic lawyer has urged for a thorough inquiry after a car being pursued by a police vehicle in South London killed a 13-year-old girl.

The crash happened in Ilderton Road New Cross when a Volkswagen Polo and a Peugeot 308 collided. The Peugeot was being pursued by a marked police car, which the Police have confirmed had its sirens and flashing lights switched on.

The 13-year-old girl was sitting in the back seat of the Volkswagen and was travelling with her parents and brother who were not thought to have sustained serious injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver of the Peugeot was arrested and taken into custody. A female passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Christine Tallon from law firm Leigh Day, who represents Pepe Belmonte who suffered horrific injuries when hit from behind by a police vehicle, said:

“My sympathies go out to this family who, through no fault of their own, have suffered such tragic consequences. Whilst there are regulations in place for emergency vehicles travelling on a blue light and sirens, regrettably this is not the first instance in which an innocent person has been killed or seriously injured during a police chase.

“We are pleased to read that the Metropolitan Police have commenced an investigation and hope that the investigation is thorough and leaves no stone unturned to ensure as far as possible that another family might not have to go through such a tragedy again.”

Commander Tony Eastaugh said:

"The Metropolitan Police has now begun a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this terrible incident. The thoughts of our staff and officers are with the family at this time."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed and has sent an investigator to the scene of the crash.

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