A woman who died after being hit by a police car in Liverpool on Christmas Eve has been named as 22-year-old Rachael Louise Moore.
Merseyside Police said they were called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a marked police car on Sheil Road in the city at about 8.10pm. Ms Moore was confirmed dead at the scene.
Paying tribute, her family released a statement saying: “Rachael Louise Moore aged 22, cherished daughter of Alison and Ian, sister to Ben and much loved granddaughter of Nana Sue. Partner to Jack and caring friend to many.
“She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched. The family requests their privacy be respected at this devastating time.”
Police are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is also investigating.
Detective Sergeant Kurt Timpson, from the force’s MATRIX serious collision investigation unit, said: “Following the death of Rachael we are providing assistance to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
“Our sincere and thoughts and condolences are with Rachael’s family who have been left devastated by this tragic incident. Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting them at this time.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to please make contact with us as we try to piece together the circumstances. I would also like to ask anyone who has CCTV, dashcam or smart doorbell footage that may help us to please get in touch.
“As is standard procedure, the incident was referred to the IOPC. The family requests their privacy be respected at this time.”
Ms Moore’s death came a day after the death of a 53-year-old woman in Oldham, Greater Manchester, who was struck by a police car that had been engaged in a chase.