Inquest to open after deaths of men in Haringey police chase
PUBLISHED: 06:47 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:34 02 April 2013
An inquest will open today after two men died following a police chase in South Tottenham.
The pair, who have not yet been named by police but are from Islington, died after the Audi they were travelling in is believed to have jumped a red light, clipped a white van and collided with a bridge on Seven Sisters Road close to the junction with St Ann’s Road in the early hours of Good Friday.
Police became suspicious of the car when it appeared to make off at speed when it was driven past officers just before 2am, Scotland Yard said.
After several minutes searching for the car they spotted the vehicle several hundred yards away and sought to catch up.
The Audi was reportedly driven through a red light before it hit the van and then crashed into the bridge. Officers gave CPR to the two passengers, aged 33 and 38, but they were pronounced dead at the scene.
The car’s 30-year-old driver tried to flee the scene of the accident but was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving under the influence, driving without a licence, and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
He is currently in custody at an east London police station.
The driver of the white van was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries.
The inquest is due to open at Barnet Coroner’s Court in north London this morning.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service are investigating the alleged traffic and drugs offences in relation to the man arrested.
The MPS Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) has been informed and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is independently investigating the circumstances surrounding the pursuit.
Scotland Yard said officers are working with the community as well as the families of the dead men to offer their support.
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