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Nessa Lewandowska crash death: Car occupants identified

Ness Lewandowska, left.
Image caption Fifteen-year-old Nessa Lewandowska, left, died in the crash in Luton's High Town Road on Tuesday night

Police investigating a crash which killed a teenage girl have identified two men who were in the car which failed to stop for officers.

The 15-year-old, named locally as Nessa Lewandowska, died when the car crashed into a shop in Luton, on Tuesday.

Police said they now knew the identities of two men who were also in the vehicle. No arrests have been made.

The police watchdog is investigating the actions of a Bedfordshire police officer before the crash.

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The Volkswagen Golf did not stop when police asked the driver to pull over.

It is thought the car then went the wrong way up a one-way street before hitting a bollard and crashing.

A man was airlifted to hospital and is being treated for serious injuries. One of the two other men police subsequently identified was treated for minor injuries.

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Image caption The car Nessa was travelling in crashed into a shop in Luton at 22:20 BST on Tuesday
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Image caption Candles and flowers were left in High Town Road in memory of the 15-year-old

Candles and flowers in memory of Nessa have been left at the scene on High Town Road.

"We are speechless. She had a heart of gold. She would do anything for anyone. It is so tragic," said one of her friends.

Bedfordshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Mike Colbourne said the thoughts of the force were "with the friends and family of this young girl who has died in such tragic circumstances".

"We are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, or the vehicle prior to the collision, to call police."

The force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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