Hit-and-run victim was 'dragged a mile' to Belsize Park

Royal Free Hospital
Image caption Police believe the woman was hit in front of the hospital and dragged for a mile

A woman who was killed in a hit-and-run incident had been dragged under the vehicle for about a mile, police said.

Metropolitan Police were called to Haverstock Hill near Belsize Park Tube station at about 0155 BST where the body of the 20-year-old was found.

It is believed she was hit in front of the Royal Free Hospital then dragged for a mile to Downside Crescent.

Officers said it was possible the driver, who did not stop, may not have known that someone had been hit.

Roads closed

A Met spokesman said: "It appears that the vehicle travelled west up Pond Street, NW3, and past the front of the Royal Free hospital where we believe she was hit.

"The vehicle is believed to have then turned left into Haverstock Hill, travelling south.

"The victim was found near the junction with Downside Crescent (just south of Belsize Park tube). It appears that the victim was dragged about a mile from where she was hit."

Haverstock Hill and Belsize Park Tube station were closed for much of the day to allow for forensic investigations.

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