Boy, 17, dies after car runs red light and crashes into taxi during police chase

Boy, 17, dies after car runs red light and crashes into taxi during police chase

A teenager has died after a car he was travelling in crashed with a taxi during an early morning police chase.

The 17-year-old boy was critically injured following the incident in Chorlton, Manchester, on March 31 before dying days later in hospital.

Greater Manchester Police said the Ford Focus ran a red light and was being pursued by officers when it crashed on Mauldeth Road West, close to the junction with Yew Tree Road at 3.45am.

Firefighters had to use cutting gear to free three people from the wreckage, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Two teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Today a statement from GMP confirmed the 17-year-old died of his injuries on Tuesday.

The force has referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which has launched its own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal pursuit.

The statement said: “Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the passenger – a 17 year male – sadly died on Tuesday 6 April. The second teenage boy remains in a critical but non-life threatening condition in hospital.”

A 19-year-old man was arrested for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop for the police and failing to stop after a road accident.

He has been released under investigation, according to GMP.

An eyewitness told the MEN they saw police chasing someone down an alley shortly after the crash.

An officer also got glass in his eye during the subsequent rescue with emergency services, police added.

GMP’s Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said: “Our thoughts remain with the family of the boy who has sadly lost his life, and all those affected by this incident.

“We are fully cooperating with the independent investigation by the IOPC, and it will therefore not be appropriate to comment any further at this time.”

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