Po­lice chase ends in two-car pile-up

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ISOBEL DICK­IN­SON isobel.dick­in­son@dai­

A BABY boy died along with three adults af­ter a car be­ing chased by po­lice hit their peo­ple car­rier.

Three men, aged 23, 18 and 17, trav­el­ling in a VW Golf were ar­rested and re­main in cus­tody af­ter suf­fer­ing mi­nor in­juries.

The Golf struck a VW Touran in which two men aged 35 and 50 and a 41-year-old woman died at the scene.

The baby – a one-year-old boy in the Touran – was pro­nounced dead at hospi­tal. Three other peo­ple in the peo­ple car­rier, in­clud­ing a three-year-old girl were also in­jured.

A 22-year-old woman re­mains in hospi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The hor­ror crash hap­pened in Dar­nall, a sub­urb of Sh­effield, South Yorks on Fri­day night.

It is be­lieved the Touran was pre­par­ing to turn right when it was hit.

Be­cause the Golf was be­ing pur­sued be­fore the col­li­sion, the in­ci­dent has been re­ferred to the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct. IOPC re­gional di­rec­tor Mi­randa Bid­dle said: “We will be car­ry­ing out an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish what ac­tions South York­shire po­lice took prior to the crash.

“We have been able to view dash­cam footage which con­firms that, al­though a pur­suit did take place prior to the crash, there is no in­di­ca­tion that the po­lice ve­hi­cle col­lided with ei­ther of the ve­hi­cles. We have also ob­tained ini­tial state­ments from the of­fi­cers in­volved and will gather fur­ther ev­i­dence dur­ing the course of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Det Chief Insp Jude Ash­more told re­porters: “I would like to thank those who helped im­me­di­ately af­ter the col­li­sion and for their sup­port and pa­tience dur­ing the evening.

“I would also like to ask any­one who saw what hap­pened, or who may have dash­cam footage of the col­li­sion, to please get in touch with us.”

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