Woman killed in crash on M1 in Leicestershire

A woman has died following a serious collision on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened in the early hours of this morning (4 October), at about 3am.

The incident happened near Junction 20 on the M1. Emergency services arrived at the scene to find a woman on the carriageway of the motorway.

Police believe the woman was struck by a white Peugeot van. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motorway was closed for a number of hours while emergency services were at the scene.

It has since reopened and officers would like to thank motorists for their patience and assistance during this time.

Due to recent police contact with the woman, the force has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) for their consideration.

DC Michael Woods said: “We would like to speak to anyone who was travelling on the motorway in the early hours of this morning.”

“I appreciate it was very dark and you may have been travelling at speed, but we are working to establish the exact movements of the woman before the collision occurred.”

“Did you see a pedestrian on the side of the northbound carriageway? Did you see anything that you thought was odd as you travelled between junction 20 and 21? If so we would like to speak to you.”

If you witnessed the collision or have any information regarding the incident, please contact Leicestershire Police on 101 quoting incident 44 of 04 October.