- Tower Hamlets
A man has been charged for causing the death of a thirteen-year-old girl, after the car she was travelling in was hit by another car fleeing police on Sunday night.
The girl was travelling with her parents and brother in the back of a Volkswagon Polo when a Peugeot 308 crashed into their car on Ilderton Road at 6.24pm.
Scotland Yard announced that the girl died at the scene from her injuries. Her parents and brother were taken to hospital but their injuries were not thought to be serious.
The Peugeot was being pursued by a marked police car, which police say had its sirens flashing and lights switched on.
The driver has been named as Devon Newell, 32, of Peckham. He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will be appearing by videolink at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on January 8.
Newell’s female passenger was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Metropolitan Police Commander Tony Eastaugh said: “An innocent family are now dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one.
“The Metropolitan Police 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.”
Police from the directorate of professional standards are investigating the accident, as well as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).