Reading police pursuit crash death victim hit by patrol car

The crashed car and a police vehicle on the A33 in Reading Six police vehicles were involved in the pursuit on the A33 in Reading

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A 19-year-old man who died in a crash during a pursuit was hit by at least one police car after being thrown from his vehicle, it has been confirmed.

The teenager was driving a red Ford Fiesta that crashed into the central reservation of the A33 in Reading.

He was being pursued by Thames Valley Police after failing to stop when the collision happened at 23:25 GMT on Monday. He died at the scene.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

The Fiesta was travelling along the A33 southbound carriageway, performed a u-turn and was travelling in the opposite direction when the crash happened.

Six police vehicles, including one dog van and an armed response vehicle, were involved in the incident.

'Tragic incident'

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "The Fiesta was travelling along the southbound carriageway of the A33, it then performed a u-turn and was travelling in a northbound direction when the collision occurred at around 23:25 GMT.

"The driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, was thrown into the road and hit by at least one of the pursuing police vehicles."

Mike Franklin, IPCC commissioner, appealed for witnesses to come forward.

He added: "This is a terribly tragic incident which has resulted in a young man's death and my thoughts are with his family and all those who knew him at this very difficult time.

"IPCC investigators were at the scene of the collision on Tuesday and this careful and painstaking approach will continue throughout the investigation which will be rigorous in establishing the circumstances surrounding this collision."

The road between Rose Kiln Lane and Berkeley Avenue was closed until 14:15 GMT on Monday while investigators worked at the scene.

A post-mortem examination and formal identification of the victim are due to take place later.

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