Police car on 999 call killed woman, 25, when it crashed into her and sent her flying 20 yards along the road as she was walked back from trip to newsagent
A woman was struck and killed by a police car responding to a 999 call as she walked back from a late-night trip to a newsagents, witnesses say.
The female pedestrian, 25, was struck by the marked police vehicle as she walked along Stockwell Road, Stockwell, south London on Wednesday night.
Witnesses say the woman was 'sent flying 20 yards along the road' during the incident, which took place around 11.20pm.
Paramedics and an air ambulance crew rushed to the incident, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.
The incident has since been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which has launched an investigation.
Today, witnesses described how seeing blue flashing lights before hearing an 'enormous bang' and later seeing police performing CPR on the woman.
One witness said they had heard that the woman was walking to a local newsagent to buy some food when she was struck by the police vehicle.
Edward Atkin, a 26-year-old physicist, who was nearby when the incident took place said: 'I was just walking back from Stockwell station and saw blue flashing lights and a car going down here very quickly.
The female pedestrian, 25, was struck by the marked police vehicle as she walked along Stockwell Road, Stockwell, south London late last night. Pictured: Police at the scene today
Paramedics and an air ambulance crew rushed to the incident, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, police say. Pictured: The scene of the incident where a woman was hit by a police car last night
'When I got back here the police car was literally there and I saw its window was completely smashed - it was completely broken from the collision. I saw them do CPR.
He added: 'I spoke to a guy and he said he came down because he heard an enormous bang.
'By the time I was here the car that had hit her, they were trying to resuscitate her, and a couple of other police cars showed up.
'By the end there were five to 10 police cars, one was undercover.'
He added: 'It's just pretty shell-shocking. You see police cars in London all the time but it takes quite a lot of time to process something like this.'
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A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: 'Officers were called at approximately 11.20pm on Wednesday to Stockwell Road, SW9 to a collision involving a marked police vehicle on an emergency call and a female pedestrian.
'A 25-year-old woman was treated by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, and London's Air Ambulance.
'Despite the efforts of emergency services, the woman sadly died at the scene. Next of kin have been informed
'Cordons remain at the location and traffic is being diverted.
'Road closures are in place in a number of surrounding streets, including Brixton Road, Stockwell Road and Landor Road.
Police say that cordons remain at the location (pictured: A Google Street View of the road) and traffic is being diverted away from the scene
'The incident, as is usual in such situations, has been notified to the Directorate of Professional Standards.
'It has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is now carrying out an independent investigation.'
Speaking about the incident, one woman, who lives close to the scene of the incident, said: 'That poor girl's family. That poor poor girl.'
The death of the woman comes after, in an unrelated incident, an 19-year-old woman died in hospital in April days after a Vauxhall Astra being pursued by police overturned in Streatham.
Two of the other four women in the car were left with serious injuries. That incident is also the subject of an IOPC probe.