A man has died following a collision in Old Trafford.
Shortly after 3.28am on Sunday 21 February traffic officers who were on patrol in the city centre area noticed a Mercedes S320 car, which made off from the patrol car at speed.
A short pursuit ensued and at 3.29am the Mercedes collided with a Mini that was at traffic lights on Chester Road, at the junction with Warwick Road South, causing the Mercedes to hit the barrier.
The 24-year-old man driving the Mercedes was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The two female passengers in the Mini suffered a number of injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. There injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Greater Manchester Police’s professional Standards branch is investigating the incident, which has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in line with normal police policy.
Superintendent Jen Williams from Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards branch has remarked, “In the early hours of this morning, following a short police pursuit, a man has sadly died after his car collided with another vehicle. We are in the process of informing the man’s family, to whom we will be providing support from specially trained officers”.
She also added “If anyone has any information that may assist, I would ask them to contact the IPCC on 0300 020 0096”.