A man who died after being hit by a car as he ran from police across the M6 was being pursued after deliberately driving his car at a woman, it emerged today.
The 33-year-old, from Blackpool, also purposefully drove at a policeman who was trying to deploy a tyre-punching stinger device to stop the Ford Focus Sport. The officer was not hit, but left ‘extremely shaken’, police said.
Officers began to chase the vehicle shortly after 9pm on Sunday, November 10, on Preston New Road in Blackpool after the first incident in Montague Street, South Shore, in which the woman suffered minor injuries.
The Focus failed to stop and was driven on to the M55, where it reached speeds of around 100mph.
It then continued southbound on to the M6 where it collided with a BMW X5 police vehicle which then lost control, left the motorway and ended up in a field.
The two officers in the vehicle received only minor injuries.
It was at this point that police vehicles backed off and a police helicopter tracked the car from the sky.
The driver then collided with another vehicle, a Ford Mondeo, before stopping his vehicle on the hard shoulder of the M6 near to junction 28.
He got out of the car and walked across the southbound carriageway and central reservation into the northbound carriageway where he was almost immediately hit and killed by a car.
He is yet to be formally identified.
The motorway was closed in both directions for about 11 hours while the incident was dealt with and the scene examined.
The matter was referred voluntarily to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which decided that there should be a local investigation managed by Lancashire Constabulary. That inquiry is ongoing.
Sgt Gareth Hill, of Lancashire Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: “The manner of driving during this pursuit was reckless in the extreme and it is only a matter of good fortune that no-one else was killed or seriously injured.
“I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the Ford Focus in Blackpool or on the M55 or M6 to get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 1400 of Sunday, November 10.