A woman has died after being struck by a police car that had been engaged in a chase.
The woman, 53, was hit by the police vehicle in Royton, near Oldham, Greater Manchester, on Friday morning.
She was taken to hospital, but died a short time later.
Greater Manchester Police said in a news release: “At around 10am today, officers pursued a suspected stolen vehicle and engaged in short pursuit as a result.
“A short time later a road traffic collision occurred involving a police vehicle and a woman, aged 53, was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries, but sadly died a short time later despite the best attempts of emergency service personnel.”
Chris Bowen, Chief Superintendent of GMP’s Oldham district, said a referral had been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and its own professional standards branch.
He added: “Our sincere thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of the woman that has sadly passed.
“We understand that the public are concerned by incidents of this nature.
“In line with normal procedure, referrals have been made to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“Investigations like this often result in road closures which can cause significant disruption and we thank the local community and road users for their patience.”