The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating police actions prior to a fatal road traffic incident in Wandsworth, south London in the early hours of Tuesday 9 August in which a woman died and a man has been seriously injured.
Formal identification has not taken place but the woman can now be identified as 25 year-old Acacia Smith who was residing in Southall, west London. Ms Smith’s family have been informed and an IPCC family liaison manager has met with them. A post mortem will take place on Thursday 11 August.
The IPCC investigation began following notification from the Metropolitan Police that the police were following a Peugeot 206, in which the woman was a passenger, immediately prior to the vehicle colliding into the front of a house off Wandsworth Bridge Road.
IPCC investigators attended the scene of the collision to oversee the evidence gathering process and also the post incident procedures where the officers provided accounts of their involvement. The IPCC has established that neither of the police vehicles involved had in-car camera footage. Local CCTV and information from the police car incident data recorders is being gathered and will be analysed as the investigation progresses.
IPCC Associate Commissioner Tom Milsom said:
“A young woman has died in terrible circumstances and our thoughts remain with her family, friends and all of those affected by this tragedy. Our investigation will examine police actions prior to the collision to determine whether appropriate policies and procedures were followed.”
Ms Smith’s family has requested privacy at this time.