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Investigation launched into police actions before Torquay road crash

The UK’s Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating whether police were in pursuit of the driver whose car went into the path of the Twomey family.

Hamelin Way, Torquay, southwest England
Hamelin Way, Torquay, southwest England
Image: Google street view

AN INVESTIGATION INTO the road crash that led to a toddler’s death is to look at whether a man involved was being pursued by police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said that it is appealing for witnesses of events following the head-on collision on 6 July 2012 in Torquay.

The IPCC conducted an assessment on 9 July of the circumstances of the incident and following this it decided to independently investigate police actions and decisions before the collision.

This includes whether or not an officer was in pursuit of a black Vauxhall Vectra.

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said:

This is a tragedy for the family and friends of those who died and also those still in hospital. The IPCC will be using its own investigators to establish what happened and is appealing for members of the public who may have witnessed anything to get in touch with our investigation.

Investigators have contacted relatives of all the deceased to explain what the IPCC is investigating.

Witnesses are asked to contact the IPCC on freephone 0800 0969072 or email

Elber and Con Twomey were in the car with their son Oisín when a car driven by a Polish man in his 20s drove into them at speed. Oisín was killed in the crash and Elber later lost her unborn child.

The couple are both in a serious condition in hospital and their local community in Kanturk is said to be in deep shock.

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