Independent probe into van chase death

8 April 2019, 05:45 | Updated: 8 April 2019, 05:46

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Independent investigators are looking into a police chase in Manchester city centre that ended with a fatal crash.

Shortly after 11.40pm on Saturday 6 April 2019 a silver Vauxhall van left the road while travelling along Corporation Street and collided with a wall.

The driver, a man aged 19, suffered fatal injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle was detained a short time later by police.

He was taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Police had commenced pursuit of the vehicle a short time before the collision after it failed to stop for officers.

The Independent Office of Police Conduct will now examine what happened.

Detective Chief Inspector John Harris of GMP's City of Manchester Division said: "This is a tragic incident in which a young man has very sadly lost his life.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this time and they're receiving support from specialist officers.

"A full investigation has been launched into this collision and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any information or dashcam footage,
to contact police immediately."

Contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 2666 of 06/04/19.

Alternatively, information can be left with the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.