Nine Car Race May Have Led To Hammersmith Road Death

Man killed was in his seventies and not driving dangerously


Talgarth Road in Hammersmith following collision on A4

Police at the scene. Picture: H&F Council

Police now believe that the death of a man near Hammersmith Flyover on Friday (7 June) may have been caused by up to nine cars travelling at high speed and possibly racing against each other.

The deceased was in his seventies and was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, also in her seventies. remains in hospital in a stable condition. They were not part of the convoy of cars driving dangerously.

Detectives are appealing for information, dash-cam and phone footage after the collision on the A4 which took place shortly before 1.40am and is believed to have directly involved three cars.

Three people, two men and a woman, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Another man who fled the scene after the collision subsequently presented himself to police and has also been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Three people have been released under investigation. One of the men arrested remained in hospital today after suffering minor injuries.

DC Liam Kerrigan from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said, “Our initial enquiries have established that up to nine cars were travelling at high speed at the time of the collision. They appear to have been in convoy and may well have been racing.“The man who tragically died was an innocent member of the public, driving home with his wife and following the rules of the road.

“We need to hear from the other drivers involved, other motorists and eye-witnesses in the area who saw what happened, or have dash-cam footage of what exactly took place at the time of the collision, or in the minutes along the A4 beforehand.

I would urge those who were driving as part of this convoy to search their conscience and get in touch with police about what has happened.”

The westbound carriageway of the A4 was temporarily closed around the scene of the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to the collision is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD569/7Jun.

You can also the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

June 10, 2019