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Update: IPCC investigation into fatal RTI in Hackney

The IPCC investigation into the death of Lewis Johnson, who died in a collision after he was pursued by Metropolitan Police (MPS) officers in Hackney, is now a criminal investigation.

An MPS police constable, who was driving the police car pursuing the Vespa scooter Lewis was driving at the time of the collision has been served with a gross misconduct notice and advised he is under criminal investigation. A sergeant, who was driving a second police car which was at times involved with the pursuit, has been advised he will be served with a gross misconduct notice and that he is under criminal investigation.

The launch of a criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor said:

“We have gathered sufficient evidence in this investigation to determine that criminal offences may have been committed by the police officers involved in this pursuit in relation to the standard of their driving. Both officers will now be interviewed under criminal caution as our investigation continues.

“I have met with Lewis’ parents to express my condolences for the tragic loss of their son and to inform them of this development.”

A 19-year-old pillion passenger who was injured in the collision has been discharged from hospital.

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