Woman killed in Boxing Day police chase hit-and-run

A woman has died after being struck by a car which was being chased by police in Lancashire.

The 47-year-old pedestrian was hit by a blue Vauxhall Corsa in High Street, Rishton, near Blackburn, at about 5.50pm on Boxing Day.

Lancashire Police said the driver of the Corsa failed to stop at the scene but the car was later recovered in nearby Cliff Street.

Investigations are under way to identify the driver, officers said.

Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed and the victim’s family is being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson said: “We have now launched a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

“We would ask anyone who witnessed the pursuit or who may be able to help us to identify the driver to contact us as we continue with our inquiries.

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“Our thoughts remain with the family of the victim at this sad time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log reference 1204 of December 26.