IPCC investigates Runcorn death crash

The police watchdog is to investigate a fatal crash in Runcorn involving a car that officers had been observing.

Michael Snee, 25, from Runcorn, died after the car rolled over when it hit a kerb near a slipway on the A557 Weston Point Expressway on 20 February.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said police had started to observe the vehicle after concerns about the way it was driven.

It wants to investigate whether police had started to pursue the car.

IPCC Commissioner, Naseem Malik, said: "Initial information suggests the police vehicle had not begun a pursuit, but this needs to be confirmed by our investigators.

"Because of its proximity to the incident it is right that we conduct an independent investigation.

"We will examine the circumstances leading up to the collision and whether the officers actions complied with recognised procedures."

CCTV footage

Cheshire Police reported the incident to the IPCC on the same day but the commission has decided to carry out its own investigation.

Two other men in the car sustained minor injuries and are assisting Cheshire Constabulary with inquiries.

The IPCC said its investigators were working in parallel with Cheshire Constabulary's criminal investigation into the incident and have begun to review CCTV footage and statements from those involved, including members of the public who witnessed the crash.

They will also examine relevant police logs.

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