A police car chase has cost the life of a 13-year-old girl last night after the car in which she was travelling along with her family was hit by a car that was being chased by the police. The teenage girl was sitting at the back of a Volkswagen Golf, with her family members, when it was hit by a Peugeot 308 at 6.24 pm yesterday in New Cross, south London.
At the time of the police car chase crash, the Peugeot 308 was being chased by a police car which had its blue lights and siren on. The girl died at the scene of accident, while her family inclusive of mother, father and brother, also succumbed to injuries and have been rushed to the hospital.
The London Ambulance Service (LAS) has confirmed to have taken a man in his 40s and is being treated for chest and abdominal injuries, while a young boy was treated for chest injuries. A woman in her 30s was admitted with chest injuries at Royal Free London, it was confirmed.
The Peugeot 308 has two passengers – a male and a female. The male passenger has been arrested, while the female passenger, who sustained minor injuries, was admitted to the hospital. The teenager’s death in the car chase incident has saddened and shocked public, who took to Twitter to express their dismay at her death.
@djlilchris tweeted: “A 13yo girl killed in new cross by a car being chased by police. Sad times.” Jonathan Reeves, another Twitter user, said that there were a number of police cars involved in the chase. “15 police cars racing down New Cross Road – not a good sight”, he posted.
The Metropolitan Police has begun a thorough investigation into the tragic incident. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has also been informed and has an investigator at the scene assessing the circumstances.