Boy, 14, dies after crashing stolen car in police chase

The crash took place on Ashton Road in Golborne on Friday afternoon. (Google)
The crash took place on Ashton Road in Golborne on Friday afternoon. (Google)

A 14-year-old boy has died after crashing a suspected stolen car during a police chase in Wigan.

Greater Manchester Police said a Fiat 500 being driven by the boy collided with two other cars as officers attempted to stop it at 1.30pm on Friday.

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The driver of the car was pronounced dead several hours later after being taken to hospital.

Two other teenage boys, aged 14 and 15, were reportedly found at the scene in Ashton Road, Golborne, and were also taken to hospital.

Greater Manchester Police said inquiries into the incident are ongoing. (Reuters)
Greater Manchester Police said inquiries into the incident are ongoing. (Reuters)

The 15-year-old boy was said to be in critical but stable condition, while the other, 14, suffered only minor injuries and has since been discharged.

The incident has since been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

"We have made initial contact with the boy's family to explain our involvement and express our condolences," the office said.

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"Anyone who witnessed events leading up to the collision is asked to contact the IOPC on 0800 096 9070 or email witness@policeconduct.gov.uk."

Sergeant Jon McColl, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "First and foremost, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the boy who passed away this morning.

"The serious collision investigation unit is continuing with inquiries so that the full circumstances surrounding the collision can be established."

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