A young mum died when the car she was a passenger in smashed into a telegraph pole – after the allegedly drunk driver failed to stop for police.
The woman, named locally as Lucy Vaughan, 22, was travelling in a Nissan Primera that sped away from officers in the Forest of Dean, Glos., shortly after 1am on Sunday.
Officers pursued the vehicle but it collided with a telegraph pole moments later.
Married Lucy, who had a four-year-old daughter, was airlifted to hospital but died a short time later on Sunday.
The driver, a 21-year-old local man, was uninjured and arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving, and remains in police custody.
Gloucestershire Police referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating.
Distraught friends paid tribute to “kind and lovely” Lucy, from Coleford, Glos., and flowers were laid at the scene of the crash.
Friend Claire Pritchard, 32, from St Briavels, said she had spent Sunday morning with her family after hearing the news.
She said: “We heard the news when we woke up this morning and you just can’t believe it.
“Obviously the family are completely devastated. There is now a four-year-old girl without a mother.
“It has been so upsetting, I don’t really know what else to say to be honest.”
Another neighbour, who visited the scene in Wood Road to pay her respects, described the 22-year-old as a “kind, family girl and a lovely mum”.
Asking to remain anonymous, she added: “I knew her quite well, very well in fact – she was just a lovely person.
“The father will still be there but the daughter has lost her mother and nothing will ever make up for that.
“It’s a close-knit community where we live and we all know each other. So everybody is so upset and we just want the family to know all our thoughts are with them.”
Mrs Vaughan was a passenger in the blue car that failed to stop on Wood Road and was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
One resident said there were three police cars, two fire engines, an ambulance and the air ambulance at the scene.
Tracy Powell, 48, said: “We were up all night after it happened, hearing all the sirens and seeing the flashing lights of the emergency vehicles.”
Her next of kin and the coroner have been informed, but police have not confirmed her name to the public yet.
The road was closed for approximately 12 hours