A TEENAGE boy has died after he crashed a suspected stolen car during a police chase in Wigan.
The 14-year-old was behind the wheel of a Fiat 500 when it smashed into two other cars in Ashton Road, Golborne at about 1.25pm on Friday afternoon.
The teen was taken to hospital and passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Two other boys, aged 14 and 15, who were travelling in the Fiat, were also taken to hospital.
The second 14-year-old suffered minor injuries and has since been discharged but the 15-year-old remains in hospital, with his condition described as critical but stable, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Sergeant Jon McColl, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “First and foremost, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the boy who passed away this morning.
“The serious collision investigation unit is continuing with inquiries so that the full circumstances surrounding the collision can be established.
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“Given the brief pursuit that developed prior to the collision, we have referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct which is in line with normal policy.”
An IOPC spokesperson said: “We have made initial contact with the boy’s family to explain our involvement and express our condolences.
“Anyone who witnessed events leading up to the collision is asked to contact the IOPC on 0800 096 9070 or email: [email protected] .”
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