Staplehurst death crash car 'was seen by Kent Police'

A car that crashed in rural Kent leading to the death of the driver, was seen travelling at speed by a marked police patrol car before the collision happened, officers said.

The Audi A3 left the road and hit a tree as it navigated a bend near Staplehurst, Kent Police said.

Officers had begun to pursue the car but it quickly disappeared from sight, a spokesperson added.

A short time later, the police vehicle came across the collision.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed.

Insp Martin Stevens, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: "We are trying to build up a picture of where the car was going, and where it had been."

He urged anyone who saw the car driving through Staplehurst or any nearby towns or villages to contact the force.

Officers said the driver died at the scene of the single-vehicle crash, which happened at about 02:40 GMT on the A299 between Summerhill Road and Cross-at-Hand.

The motorist has not yet been identified.

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