UPDATE: Investigation launched after fatal collision involving police car

Police at the scene of the incident in Edward Street, Brighton (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell) SUS-170825-081307001
Police at the scene of the incident in Edward Street, Brighton (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell) SUS-170825-081307001

Police in Brighton will be investigated by an independent body after a fatal collision involving an elderly pedestrian and a police car in the early hours of this morning (August 25).

A police spokesperson said officers ‘were responding to an emergency call when their car tragically struck and killed an elderly pedestrian in the early hours of Friday morning’.

Superintendent Paul Betts said: “This is a tragic incident where a pedestrian was hit in Devonshire Place, Kemptown, by a police car responding to an emergency.

“The collision happened at about 12.50am and the officers immediately called for assistance and performed first aid, but sadly the man died.

“The officers involved are understandably extremely distraught.

“We have spoken with his family to whom I offer my deepest sympathies for this tragic incident.

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is carrying out an independent investigation, which we will fully support. As a result we will not be able to comment further on the investigation.”