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Penge crash deaths police search for motorcyclist

Rosie Cooper and Makayah McDermott Image copyright BBC/Oli Regan
Image caption Rosie Cooper and Makayah McDermott died when they were hit by the car on Wednesday

Police are searching for a motorcyclist who helped five people when they were hit by a car which was being chased by police in south-east London.

The Met said the white male, who was wearing a white crash helmet and shorts, was riding through Penge and stopped to give aid to those hurt.

Aspiring actor Makayah McDermott and his aunt Rozanne Cooper died at the scene while three girls were injured.

Joshua Dobby, 23, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The car had been reported as stolen and was being chased by police from nearby Birkbeck Road in Beckenham, when it crashed in Lennard Road at 14:05 BST on Wednesday.

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Image caption Forensic police officers examined the car after it crashed in Lennard Road
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Image caption Flowers have been left at the scene paying tribute to those killed in the crash

Flowers and messages have been left at the scene paying tribute to 10-year-old Makayah and Ms Cooper, a 34-year-old hairdresser.

One 13-year-old girl remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while two others, aged 13 and eight, have been discharged.

All of those injured in the crash are related to each other, Scotland Yard said.

A victim support fund set up on the Gofundme website has raised more than £8,000.

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Image caption Joshua Dobby will next appear at the Old Bailey on 30 September

Joshua Dobby has been charged with:

  • Two counts of causing death by dangerous driving
  • One count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving
  • Two counts of causing death by driving whilst unlicensed and uninsured
  • Two counts of aggravated vehicle taking

He was remanded in custody when he appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the crash.

Over the past 10 years, 252 members of the public have died following road traffic incidents involving the police in England and Wales, according to the IPCC.

In London there were 498 crashes involving a pursuit by Met officers in 2015-16.

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