Student Death

An investigation into the death of a foreign student who was hit by a police car is under way .

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IPCC to investigate student death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it is investigating the death of a foreign student who was struck by a police car.

Xuan Wei Zhang, who was 24 and from China, was crossing a road in the Newtown area of Birmingham when he was struck by an unmarked BMW police car.

The collision was referred to the police watchdog by West Midlands Police.

The IPCC has viewed onboard CCTV footage from the police car which indicates its audible emergency warning equipment was activated at the time of the incident.

This is very distressing time for all those involved and in particular I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Zhang for their terrible loss. Our independent investigation is underway and we will be examining all the circumstances of this tragic incident. We would be grateful for anyone who witnessed the collision who has not already come forward to contact the IPCC.”

– Rachel Cerfontyne, IPCC Commissioner

Student killed after being struck by police car named

A student hit by an unmarked police car in Birmingham who later died from his injuries has been identified by police as 24-year-old Xuan Wei Zhang.

It happened outside the Newtown shopping centre at about 7pm on Wednesday 4 April.

Mr Zhang, who was from China, was a student at Birmingham City University.

His mother and father flew into the UK on Thursday to formally identify their son.

West Midlands Police says the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has yet to confirm whether it will investigate.

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Student death

The family of a student from China who died after being hit by an unmarked police car in Birmingham are expected to fly back to the UK this afternoon.

The 24 year-old was studying at Birmingham City University. He was struck as he came out of the Newtown Shopping Centre on Wednesday night.

An investigation is underway and it's been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Student dies after being struck by police car

A 24-year old student has died after being struck by an unmarked police car which was responding to reports of a stolen vehicle.

The man, from China, was studying at Birmingham City University.

Police say he stepped out onto the road outside Newtown shopping centre around 7pm last night.

He received treatment at the scene from the emergency services, but later died in hospital with severe head and back injuries.

He has not yet been named but his family have been told and are travelling to Birmingham.

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