A pedestrian has died after being hit by a police car ‘while crossing the road’ on Christmas Day in Liverpool.
Emergency services were called to Scotland Road near the Wallasey Tunnel, heading away from the city, to reports a pedestrian had been knocked down by a Merseyside Police vehicle.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the force said in a statement.
A witness, who did not want to be named, said: "I was driving back towards the tunnels and was near McDonald’s when I saw a police car hit a pedestrian who was crossing the road.
“I stopped my car and ran over to see if they were ok.
“Two police officers were trying to help the man. I offered them a bottle of water in case they needed it but I didn’t want to get in their way.”
A number of witnesses have reportedly said the police car had it’s blue lights flashing at the time of the collision and two officer attempted to give emergency first aid to the man.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police told the Liverpool Echo: "We can confirm an investigation is currently underway following a fatal road traffic collision in Liverpool this evening, Tuesday, 25th December.
"At around 6.50pm, a collision occurred between a police vehicle and a male pedestrian on Scotland Road.
"Emergency services attended and the pedestrian was taken to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.
"The incident has been referred to the IOPC."
The man has not yet been identified and work is ongoing to inform his next of kin of his death.
Scotland Road is currently closed to allow for an investigation to be carried out and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.
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