An elderly woman has died in a hit-and-run crash after a stolen car refused to stop for police moments earlier.
Officers launched a manhunt for the driver of the stolen black Mercedes AMG Estate who fled the scene of the collision on the A24 in Horsham, West Sussex, on Friday afternoon.
A 70-year-old woman was driving a Ford Fiesta when she was hit by the car as it joined the northbound carriageway on the Farthings Hill roundabout near Broadbridge Heath just before 2.30pm.
She died at the scene.
Her friend and passenger, a 70-year-old Horsham woman, was left with minor injuries.
Officers searched the area with dogs and a helicopter, but to no avail.
Minutes earlier, police had traced the car to the Buck Barn crossroads. Police are dealing with a serious collision on the A24 near Horsham.
Officers believe it was taken during a burglary in Goring-by-Sea. It was seen leaving services at the A24 junction at 2.19pm in convoy with another stolen Mercedes car, an A Class.
Both cars failed to stop for officers, and at 2.23pm, the Mercedes A Class crashed into a nearby hedge. The driver ran off but was caught shortly after.
An 18-year-old man from Feltham was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
The Mercedes AMG continued to drive away but was not being pursued by police when it was involved in the fatal crash 11 minutes later.
Police are still trying to identify the driver who they believe tried to flag down another car for a lift shortly after.
Source: Punch News
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