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University of Leicester student killed by car fleeing police in early hours

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A University of Leicester student has been killed after being hit by a car which had earlier failed to stop for police.

The incident happened at 12.30 am this morning (19 January) in Oadby, Leicestershire. A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and is in custody.

 

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In a statement a police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 12.30am today officers became aware of a suspect vehicle in Stoughton Drive South, Oadby.

“The vehicle failed to stop for police and in making off from the scene, was in collision with a pedestrian. Officers stopped to attend to the pedestrian and the East Midlands Ambulance Service was also called.

“However the pedestrian was pronounced dead a short time later.

The University of Leicester expressed their sadness in a series of tweets this afternoon and confirmed any students and staff affected by the tragic death are being offered support.

A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, Leicestershire Police said.




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