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Teenage girl killed in Luton shop crash after car failed to stop for police

Ness Lewandowska, left.
Image caption The girl who died in the crash has been named locally as 15-year-old Nessa Lewandowska, left.

A teenage girl has died after the car she was in crashed into a shop after failing to stop for police.

The girl, a passenger in the car named locally as Nessa Lewandowska, 15, died in the crash in High Town Road, Luton, at 22:20 BST on Tuesday.

Police officers had signalled for the car to pull over before it hit a building.

A man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. A third person is being sought by police.

An eyewitness who saw last night's car crash has told the BBC a third person escaped the car from the boot and was pursued by the police.

It is thought the car went the wrong way up a one-way street before hitting a bollard and crashing.

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Image caption Structural engineers were called to make the building safe
Image caption The crash happened at around 22:20 BST on Tuesday

Friends of Nessa have been laying flowers near the scene of the crash and have described her as a very popular girl.

People affected by the damage to the shop were evacuated from the building and a structural engineer was called to make the scene safe.

The force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission "in line with standard protocol", a spokesman said.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw the Volkswagen Golf - which has a black bonnet and black roof - prior to the collision, is asked to contact police," the force said.

IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley said: "Firstly, my thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the young woman who has died.

"Clearly we are at the very early stages of this investigation; IPCC investigators were deployed to the scene shortly after this incident, attended post incident procedures and have begun to gather information to aid their enquiries."

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