Fatal crash probe is still continuing
AN investigation is ongoing into the death of a man who died during a police pursuit in Runcorn.
Kieran O’Brien, 38, passed away in hospital just over a week after his car was in collision with a wall in Halton Village at around 11.50pm on August 1, after the Peugeot 208 had reportedly failed to stop on Ashton Drive in Frodsham at 11.33pm.
The pursuit is believed to have lasted around 18 minutes.
Cheshire police referred the incident to the Independent Office For Police Conduct (IOPC) immediately after the crash, which prompted a large emergency response at the top of Halton Brow.
Mr O’Brien was taken to Aintree Hospital and then transferred to The Walton Centre.
He remained in a ● coma until the decision was taken to switch off his life support on the evening of Thursday, August 9.
The IOPC reviewed the evidence and decided to open an investigation, reviewing dashcam and other evidence.
Floral tributes have continued to mark the spot where the collision occurred over recent months.
Mr O’Brien was known to the police and had recently been released from prison following a custodial sentence for cannabis supply imposed in December 2017.
An IOPC spokesman said the organisation would not say when its probe is likely to conclude.
He said: “The investigation is ongoing and we are continuing to evaluate the evidence. We don’t give end dates for investigations, but we are making good progress.”
Kieran O’Brien, 38