Child among two dead after car crashes into family during police chase in Penge

A car being chased by police has crashed leaving two people dead

Police were chasing the car when the crash happened

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A car being chased by police has driven into a family, leaving two people dead. 

Witnesses described the horror of the aftermath of the car crash today (Wednesday) in Penge, south-east London, which saw the car, reportedly stolen, smash into a group of four pedestrians. 

One man who lives near the scene said that a black car tried to turn into Lennard Road whilst being chased by two police BMWs.

"It was a horrific scene on a sunny afternoon in a sleepy place," he revealed. "He lost control and ploughed into a family that was walking on the pavement down Lennard Road.

"People were trying to lift a car off a little girl. The police officers that were chasing were distraught."

Another witness who helped in the aftermath said a woman in her 30s or 40s and a child aged around 10 had been killed.

A separate eyewitness said he saw the other two casualties, who were children, being taken away by ambulance.

Scotland Yard said: "At approximately 2.05pm on Wednesday August 31 a car was in collision with a number of members of the public in Lennard Road.

"The car was being pursued by police at the time of the collision. London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended - two people have been pronounced dead at the scene.

"The driver of the car has been arrested and remains in custody at a south London police station."