Hit-and-run car was being chased by police when it ploughed into a family in Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow

The scene of the hit-and-run in Lea Bridge Road.

The scene of the hit-and-run in Lea Bridge Road.

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A CAR which hit a mother and her two children before speeding off was being chased by police at the time, it has emerged.

A 35-year-old woman, her four-year-old son and 19-month-old daughter were all hurt in the crash in Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, at around 3.30pm on Wednesday (November 21).

It is believed they were on a pedestrian crossing near the junction with Western Road at the time.

They were taken to Whipps Cross Hospital but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Police confirmed today that a marked police car was chasing the vehicle, a black Audi A3 estate, at the time in connection with an alleged burglary in Leyton.

The driver of the police car, a woman PC, and her male PC colleague passenger, stopped at the scene after the hit-and-run to give first aid to the injured family.

The Audi was later found at 1.25am burnt out in Bisterne Avenue, Walthamstow.

A Met spokesman said: "Officers from the Metropolitan Police Traffic Unit are investigating.

"The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed as is routine."

The road was closed for more than an hour and a half following the crash while police investigated.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash police initially told the Guardian that only one child had been hurt.

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3:36pm Fri 23 Nov 12

GoodChingfordGirl says...

I sincerely hope that the driver of the Audi is found and charged soon, clearly they have no regard for anybody's life but they're own, they are extremely selfish and don't care who they hurt or potentially kill! It's disgusting. I also hope that the woman and her two young children can move forward from this traumatic event, hopefully the children won't be scarred for life and can learn to trust the roads and good drivers without being scared of getting hurt.
I sincerely hope that the driver of the Audi is found and charged soon, clearly they have no regard for anybody's life but they're own, they are extremely selfish and don't care who they hurt or potentially kill! It's disgusting. I also hope that the woman and her two young children can move forward from this traumatic event, hopefully the children won't be scarred for life and can learn to trust the roads and good drivers without being scared of getting hurt. GoodChingfordGirl
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3:53pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Stevo98 says...

Disgusting low-life cowards who hurt children then run away, the lowest of the low, if caught they should lose their driving license permanently. They are not fit to be allowed back on the roads. Best wishes to the family.
Disgusting low-life cowards who hurt children then run away, the lowest of the low, if caught they should lose their driving license permanently. They are not fit to be allowed back on the roads. Best wishes to the family. Stevo98
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4:05pm Fri 23 Nov 12

SXH says...

I agree with both above.
I doubt if they have a driving licence or insurance, if it was the person's vehicle they will probably deny and say the vehicle was stolen, the laws should be changed for these type of crimes. There not safe on the road.
Best wishes to the family.
I agree with both above. I doubt if they have a driving licence or insurance, if it was the person's vehicle they will probably deny and say the vehicle was stolen, the laws should be changed for these type of crimes. There not safe on the road. Best wishes to the family. SXH
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3:46pm Sun 25 Nov 12

myopinioncounts says...

I object to the headline which should actually read 'Hit and run car was being driven dangerously to escape from police" "Being chased" implies that the police were at fault for chasing it!
Best wished to this unfortunate family who were using a crossing and expected to be safe!
I object to the headline which should actually read 'Hit and run car was being driven dangerously to escape from police" "Being chased" implies that the police were at fault for chasing it! Best wished to this unfortunate family who were using a crossing and expected to be safe! myopinioncounts
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