Witness appeal after woman, 71, and man, 65, dies after BMW crashes into pedestrians during chase

A witness appeal has been issued after two people were killed after they were hit by a driver in a speeding BMW in south Manchester.

The incident, which at the time resulted in the death of a 71-year-old woman and left another man, then aged 64, hospitalized in a critical condition, is still being investigated.

Since then, it was confirmed that the man had later also died in hospital on March 4.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police had been attempting to stop a speeding BMW using emergency equipment shortly after midnight on Sunday (February 20) along Stockport Road in Didsbury. The driver continued down the road before becoming involved in a collision with two pedestrians at the junction with Kingsway (A34).

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now appealing for witnesses as part of an independent investigation into the fatal crash, following a referral from Greater Manchester Police.

The tragic incident occurred after Greater Manchester Police officers attempted to halt a speeding BMW driver using emergency equipment just after midnight on Sunday 20 February on Stockport Road in Didsbury. The BMW continued down the road and was involved in a collision with two pedestrians.

The driver had earlier been caught speeding on the M60, and the road was closed throughout the night in both directions and reopened shortly before 7am the following morning. Police earlier confirmed they had arrested a 35-year-old man in relation to the incident.

IOPC Investigators attended the scene and police post-incident procedures and will be carrying out CCTV checks and speaking to witnesses.

Regional IOPC Director Amanda Rowe said: “This is a tragic incident where a man and woman lost their lives. Our thoughts are with all those affected. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity at the time and may have witnessed the police pursuit of the BMW vehicle prior to the collision.

“We have been assessing local CCTV footage but anyone who saw anything or who has dashcam or further footage is encouraged to get in touch with our investigators.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 303 5611 or email [email protected]

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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