INVESTIGATORS WERE today trying to piece together the final moments before the death of a pensioner who was killed by a police car on a busy road in Sheffield.
The 70-year-old was struck in Penistone Road at the junction with Bradfield Road at about 6.20pm on Saturday. Emergency services were called, but the man died at the scene.
The victim has not yet been formally named, although people yesterday began to leave floral tributes to him at the scene of his death. One card left with a bunch of flowers said: “For our dearest best friend Les, who was tragically killed 7th Jan. We’ll miss you.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed the man had been hit by a marked Vauxhall Astra car that was on routine patrol.
“The vehicle was not responding to an emergency call and it would be inappropriate to comment further ahead of a review by the Independent Police Complaints Commission,” the spokesman added.
An IPCC spokesman said officials were carrying out an independent investigation after being notified by the South Yorkshire force of the crash. A spokesman said the investigation is in its “early stages”.
The incident happened at the junction near KFC, which staff said was packed with customers at the time. Police have appealed to anyone who saw what happened to get in touch. Officers spent the weekend offering their support to the man’s relatives.
A police spokesman said: “The force offers its sincere condolences to his family and friends.”