Heartbreaking tributes left at scene of fatal Leicester crash

Heartbreaking tributes left at scene of fatal Leicester police chase which led to an officer being arrested after drugs test

  • A police officer has been arrested after a crash in Aylestone Road, Leicester
  • The officer attempted to stop a black BMW shortly before 4am this morning
  • But the BMW crashed, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene
  • The officer was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive after a drugs test

Messages expressing shock and heartbreak have been left at the scene of a fatal crash where a young man was killed after a police officer who later tested positive for a drugs test pursued him.

The police officer was arrested after the crash, which happened in Aylestone Road, Leicester, in the early hours of yesterday.

People living near the scene said today that they had been awoken by the sound of a ‘loud bang’ when a black BMW, which was being pursued by police, hit a tree.

A police car was in pursuit of the vehicle, but a short time later the BMW collided with a tree close to the junction of Aylestone Road and Richmond Avenue. 

The driver of the BMW, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the car, also a man his 20s, was taken to hospital and has since been discharged, said Leicestershire Police.

The car left the road after it had failing to stop shortly before 4am, according to police.

The officer was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive after a roadside drugs test.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will now lead an investigation into the incident.

Flowers and tributes were left at the scene of the fatal crash in Aylestone Road after a young man pursued by a police officer was killed in a fatal car accident

Flowers and tributes were left at the scene of the fatal crash in Aylestone Road after a young man pursued by a police officer was killed in a fatal car accident

Police and crash investigation at the scene of a serious rtc on Aylestone Road near to the junction of Lansdowne Road

Police and crash investigation at the scene of a serious rtc on Aylestone Road near to the junction of Lansdowne Road

Numerous bunches of flowers and tealights have been left at the scene of the crash, close to the junction with Richmond Avenue, along with heartfelt messages. One read: ‘Going to miss you so much. You put a smile on all our faces.’

‘I was devastated to hear the shocking news. It broke my heart. Miss you so much,’ another person wrote in their tribute.

A resident of nearby Landsdowne Road, behind the location of the crash, said the road was being cordoned off as he left the house at around 6.30am yesterday.

The 48-year-old, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he ‘knew something bad had happened’.

He told LeicestershireLive: ‘We heard it really loud in the morning. It sounded more like an explosion than a bang. My neighbours said the same thing. It didn’t sound like a car had hit another car, you could tell from the sound it made that it wasn’t normal — it echoed.

‘We thought a car had hit a house or something from the sound of it. It was like a bomb had gone off it was so loud. We jumped out of bed — we were quite shocked,’ he added.

A second resident, who has lived in the area for 40 years, said the bend in the road where the incident happened was ‘notorious’ for collisions.

The man, who also did not want to be named, said: ‘It can be bad. It depends on how fast you’re going, but that bend can be deceptive.’

He added: ‘The incident did shock me because as far as I’ve been here, nobody has actually died, it’s always been a minor incident.’

Police, Fire and Rescue and crash investigation at the scene of a serious rtc on Aylestone Road near to the junction of Lansdowne Road

Police, Fire and Rescue and crash investigation at the scene of a serious rtc on Aylestone Road near to the junction of Lansdowne Road

A serious collision team and forensic officers were part of a heavy police presence in the area throughout yesterday as the crash scene was examined.

A wall could be seen to have been knocked down, and a car, parked in a neighbouring drive, also appeared to have been damaged during the incident.

Detective Inspector Steve Kilsby, from the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: ‘The investigation is in its early stages, and will be continuing throughout the evening.

‘I would ask anyone with dashcam footage, who saw the collision occur or saw the black BMW beforehand to get in touch. Any details you’re able to provide could help.’

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said: ‘You can pass on information by visiting and quoting incident 51 of 25 November. Alternatively call 101.’

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