Brighton pedestrian death in police pursuit leads to two arrests

Police at scene of crash
Image caption Police closed the roads around the area of the crash

Two men have been arrested after a 78-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a car being pursued by police.

The man died at the scene in Old Steine, Brighton, after a car failed to stop for a marked car on Tuesday night.

Two men from Brighton, aged 33 and 35, handed themselves into police.

Both are being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving, failing to stop for police and failing to report an accident.

The Vauxhall Astra was abandoned on Madeira Drive, near Concorde 2 nightclub, shortly after the crash, which happened at about 22:00 GMT.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating what happened, including "the actions and decisions of the police officers who were in the area at the time".

"The officers have provided their initial accounts of the incident, and we are in the process of obtaining CCTV footage and other relevant evidence which will help to establish the sequence of events," a statement said.

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