By Gerald Heneghan
A 13-year-old girl has died after her family car was involved in a collision with a vehicle being pursued by police.
A Peugeot 308 that was being chased by a marked police car hit the vehicle at around 6.30pm yesterday (January 6th) and the 13-year-old passenger, who was in the rear of the car, died from her injuries at the scene.
The child’s brother, father and mother were also hurt in the collision, although their injuries are not thought to be serious at this time.
Metropolitan Police Commander Tony Eastaugh revealed that a “thorough investigation” into the incident is now underway and expressed his deepest sympathies for the family.
“An innocent family are now dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one,” he said, adding: “The thoughts of our staff and officers are with the family at this time.”
The male driver of the Peugeot was arrested and taken into custody, while a female passenger was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards and traffic officers have launched an investigation into the matter and a representative from the Independent Police Complaints Commission assessed the scene.
The Metropolitan Police said that the police vehicle’s sirens and blue lights were in operation when the accident occurred and representatives from the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended.
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