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

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