Police pursuit leads to fatal hit and run in Oadby

Leicestershire Police have released a statement following the death of a pedestrian in Oadby.

The incident happened in the early hours of this morning on Stoughton Drive South, at the junction of Manor Road.

Police were in pursuit of a car which had earlier failed to stop for officers. The car is believed to have hit the pedestrian in the chase.

A statement released by Leicestershire Police said: “Shortly after 12.30am today (Saturday 19 January) 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.”

A police enquiry led them to identify a 30-year-old man, who has since been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

He remains in police custody and inquiries are ongoing.

The scene of the hit and run incident on Stoughton Drive South this morning

A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in relation to the incident.

Stoughton Drive South and the surrounding roads were cordoned off to motorists following the crash while forensic officers were able to carry out their enquiries.

The cordon has since been lifted however a police presence is still visible this morning.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward with information. If you think you can help officers with their enquiries, please contact them on 101.