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.
With great sadness, we can confirm that one of our students died in the incident in Oadby last night. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time. We are working with Leicestershire Police and currently supporting all of those affected.— Uni of Leicester (@uniofleicester) January 19, 2019