Fa­tal crash probe is still con­tin­u­ing

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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

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