Three women killed by crashes involving police cars this week

24 January 2019, 09:40 | Updated: 24 January 2019, 10:58

Three women have died after a series of crashes involving police cars over a 12-hour period.

Warwickshire Police said a vehicle responding to a 999 call in Bedworth struck the latest victim at about midday on Wednesday.

The police car stopped at the scene and officers provided first aid to the woman before paramedics arrived.

She suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital by air ambulance but died later.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: "Our thoughts are with the woman's family at this very difficult time.

"The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct and we are co-operating fully with their investigation."

It comes after the death of a 26-year-old woman who was hit by a police car in east London at about 11.45pm on Tuesday.

The marked vehicle was responding to an emergency call in Walthamstow when it struck the Eritrean refugee, named in reports as Luam Gebremariam.

Meanwhile, a police community support officer (PSCO) died after her car was hit by a vehicle being followed by police in Bearwood near Birmingham.

Holly Burke, 28, had worked with West Midlands Police for 14 months and was off duty at the time of the crash at about 11.30pm on Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell described her as "greatly valued" and said the force's "thoughts and condolences" are with her family, friends and colleagues.

"Holly has been taken from us too soon and as a police family we are feeling this," he added.

Darren Ogom, an unemployed 42-year-old, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving with no insurance and failing to stop for a police officer.