Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Girl, 13, Killed by Car in Police Chase

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Girl, 13, Killed by Car in Police Chase

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Byline: Justin Davenport and Rob Parsons

A GIRL of 13 was killed when a car being chased by police rammed into her family's VW Polo.

She was with her mother, father and brother when their car was struck by a Peugeot 308.

The girl, who was in the back seat, died at the scene. Her parents and brother were taken to hospital and their injuries were not thought to be serious. Independent investigators are expected to launch an inquiry into last night's crash in New Cross close to Millwall's football ground.

Today it emerged that police launched the highspeed pursuit after the Peugeot triggered a covert Continued on Page 5

Continued from Page 1 number plate reading camera which targets uninsured drivers and other suspected criminals. Last year the Met launched an operation to double the number of such cameras in London to make it more difficult for criminals to move around the capital.

Commander Tony Eastaugh said today: "An innocent family are now dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one. The Met has now begun a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this terrible incident. The thoughts of our staff and officers are with the family at this time."

One witness said three police cars were involved in the pursuit though the Met said it appeared only one marked car using lights and sirens was involved. The male driver of the Peugeot was uninjured and was arrested at the scene. A female passenger in his car, which was not thought to be stolen, was taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries. The incident happened just before 6.30pm. The Peugeot is thought to have been chased south along Ilderton Road before colliding with the Peugeot near the junction with Surrey Canal Road.

A traffic light pole and a smaller pole with a wait button for pedestrians were bent out of position on the pavement. Fragments of glass and pieces of car debris were strewn across the pavement this morning before being removed by council cleaners. …

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