Man dies fleeing police

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Cars damaged by fatal collision on De Beauvoir road Image Source: Dan Tookey

An investigation has been launched into the death of a man after his car crashed into several vehicles as he fled from police attempting to pull him over.

Officers were on a routine patrol late on Sunday night when they indicated to the driver of a BMW to pull over, but he refused.

Minutes later the car was found abandoned in the middle of De Beauvoir Road after careering into five nearby parked cars, causing considerable damage.

A man in his early twenties, who police believe was driving the BMW, was found close by with fatal injuries. Despite the efforts of police and paramedics to save him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed but no formal identification has been made.

Flowers and notes have been left at the scene paying tribute to a man named Tony ‘Lawless’ Clark. One of them read: “God bless Tony. Rest in Perfect Peace. Always in our hearts. Gill, John, Danny.”

A resident of the De Beauvoir Estate, which overlooks the street, heard the vehicle ricochet off several parked cars. When she reached her window she saw the car door swing open and a man being thrown from the vehicle due to the force of the multiple collisions.

Police believe there was more than one person in the car but that the other occupant fled from the scene before the authorities arrived.

A resident in another nearby flat saw a man crouched behind two cars metres from the accident who then ran away as soon as police arrived.

A police spokesman declined to comment on why officers initially attempted to stop the car, saying: “The incident has been referred to the director of professional standards.” Police have also refused to say whether officers were engaged in chasing the car.

The police have asked anyone with further information to call 020 8345 4955 or the police non-emergency line on 101.