Baby among four killed in po­lice chase tragedy

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Peter Henn

THIS is the scene of dev­as­ta­tion yes­ter­day af­ter a hor­rific crash in which a car be­ing pur­sued by po­lice ploughed into an­other ve­hi­cle – killing four peo­ple in­clud­ing a one-year-old baby.

A Volk­swa­gen Touran was car­ry­ing seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, when it was hit by the speed­ing VW Golf in Sh­effield on Fri­day night. A po­lice BMW was in pur­suit of the Golf at the time of the col­li­sion.

Two men aged 35 and 50 and a 41-year-old woman who were in the Touran were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The one-year-old boy who was also in the ve­hi­cle was taken to hospi­tal where he later died.

Three other peo­ple in the Touran were hurt, in­clud­ing a three­year-old girl with life-threat­en­ing in­juries, a 22-year-old woman in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion and an­other woman who was last night said to be se­ri­ous but sta­ble.

It is un­der­stood two fam­i­lies were trav­el­ling in the Touran at the time of the crash. The three men – aged 23, 17 and 18 – who were in the Golf suf­fered mi­nor in­juries and were all ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. They re­mained in cus­tody last night.

Stu­art Bar­ton, South York­shire Po­lice’s District Com­man­der for Sh­effield, said that the in­ci­dent had been re­ferred to the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct (IOPC) for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said: ‘There has been a short pur­suit. Clearly in th­ese sit­u­a­tions it is right that we re­fer the mat­ter to the IOPC.

‘They at­tended the scene them­selves last night.’

Pho­tos showed the badly dam­aged Touran with its roof and doors ripped off and crash dam­age from be­ing forced into cars parked on the road­side.

The Golf had mounted the pave­ment op­po­site the other ve­hi­cle with its airbags in­flated. Adam Robinson, who lives just three doors away from the crash site, said the emer­gency ser­vices were quick to reach the scene.

The 24-year-old ware­house worker said: ‘I heard the sirens and saw the lights. The emer­gency ser­vices were rapid, they were so fast. I heard sirens com­ing up and down the road.

‘Ev­ery­one was watch­ing and record­ing what was go­ing on, ev­ery­body rushed out. Peo­ple were run­ning down the road.’

The stretch of road in the Dar­nall area of the city where the crash hap­pened was re­opened last night.

The IOPC con­firmed it had al­ready re­viewed dash­board cam­era footage of the crash from the po­lice car.

Re­gional di­rec­tor Mi­randa Bid­dle said: ‘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 in­volved.’

HOR­ROR: The VW Touran with its roof and doors re­moved. Above: The scene from the air

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