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A young woman has died after she was hit by a marked police car responding to a 999 emergency call.
Witnesses said the 25-year-old pedestrian was thrown into the air and paramedics attempted to resuscitate her before she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The fatal collision happened on Stockwell Road in Lambeth, south-west London, at about 11.20pm on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Police said the incident had been referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is now carrying out an independent investigation.
A man who lives nearby told the Mirror he returned home as paramedics tried to resuscitate the woman in the road, which was blocked by police cars and an ambulance.
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This screen grab from a witness' video shows the flashing blue lights of emergency service vehicles at the scene
The man said: "You could feel how tense everyone was and the road was dead silent. It was especially upsetting knowing she was a young woman hit by a police car of all things."
When he came back outside minutes later the woman's body had been covered, and the ambulance left without its siren on.
The man said he spoke to witnesses at the scene, and they told him the woman was in the road when she was hit and she was thrown into the air.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said in a statement: “Officers were called at approximately 11.20pm on Wednesday 9 June to Stockwell Road, SW9 to a collision involving a marked police vehicle on an emergency call and a female pedestrian.
A 25-year-old woman died after being hit by a marked police car (stock photo)
“A 25-year-old woman was treated by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, and London’s Air Ambulance.
“Despite the efforts of emergency services, the woman sadly died at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.
“Cordons remain at the location and traffic is being diverted.
“Road closures are in place in a number of surrounding streets, including Brixton Road, Stockwell Road and Landor Road.
“The incident, as is usual in such situations, has been notified to the Directorate of Professional Standards.
“It has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is now carrying out an independent investigation.”
An IOPC spokesperson said: "We have begun an independent investigation into the circumstances of a police collision in south London in which, sadly, a 25-year-old woman died.
“We were notified by the Metropolitan Police that at around 11.20pm on Wednesday 9 June in Stockwell Road, London SW9, a police vehicle on an emergency call was in collision with the female pedestrian.
“Despite the efforts of the London Ambulance Service, she died at the scene.
“Our investigators attended the scene of the collision and the post-incident procedures where the officers involved provided their initial accounts.
“Our thoughts are with the woman’s family and all of those affected.”