Pedestrian hit by police car involved in chase is fighting for his life in hospital
- Man hit by Greater Manchester Police car at 3.25am on Sunday, November 19
- Collided with pedestrian walking down Rochdale Road, Rochdale
- Officers had been chasing a vehicle that had failed to stop when ‘requested’ to
A pedestrian has been left fighting for their life in hospital after being hit by a police car which was engaged in a pursuit.
The man, whose age has not yet been revealed, was walking down Rochdale Road in the Firgrove area of Rochdale at 3.25am on Sunday when the liveried Greater Manchester Police car collided with him.
He is now said to be in a critical condition at Salford Royal Hospital.
The police say officers in a fully-liveried car had ‘requested’ a vehicle to stop on Milnrow Road, but the driver failed to do so and continued onto Rochdale Road.
Following a short police pursuit, a pedestrian was hit by the police vehicle, after which the vehicle they were chasing continued to drive away.
Officers provided medical assistance to the injured pedestrian, as police cordons were put in place and roads were closed whilst a crime scene was established.
The man, whose age has not yet been revealed, was walking down Rochdale Road in the Firgrove area of Rochdale at 3.25am on Sunday
Following a short police pursuit, a pedestrian was hit by the police vehicle, after which the vehicle they were chasing continued to drive away
The pedestrian is now said to be in a critical condition at Salford Royal Hospital.
Greater Manchester Police say enquires are ongoing to locate the driver who failed to stop for them.
The vehicle they were chasing is unknown, as is the profile of the driver.
Following the incident, GMP confirmed it has made a referral to police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: ‘At around 3.25am on Sunday 19 November 2023, officers in a police vehicle requested a vehicle to stop in Rochdale.
‘The driver failed to stop and a short police pursuit commenced on Milnrow Road and continued onto Rochdale Road where a collision occurred between the police vehicle and a pedestrian.
‘The vehicle failed to stop at the scene of the collision. Officers provided medical assistance to the injured pedestrian, who was taken to Salford Royal Hospital where they remain in a critical condition.
‘A scene has been established and enquiries are ongoing to locate the male driver who made off.
‘In-line with normal procedure, referrals have been made to GMP’s Professional Standards Directorate and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.’
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