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Young cyclist killed after being hit by getaway car in west Berlin

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Young cyclist killed after being hit by getaway car in west Berlin
A bicycle lamp lies on the street at the corner of Kantstraße and Windscheidstraße. Photo: DPA
12:47 CEST+02:00
A young woman was tragically killed in Berlin's Charlottenburg district on Wednesday after a car hit her while making a getaway from an attempted robbery.

The getaway car crashed into the woman while she pushed her bike along the pavement in the wealthy western district. Three passengers in the car and a further three people were injured in the collision, some of them seriously.

Police confirmed on Thursday morning that the victim was just 22 years old. Medics attempted to resuscitate her, but sadly she died at the scene.

The trio in the getaway car had tried to steal tools from a Ford Transit van on the corner of Brandenburgische Straße and Westfälische Straße in the south-western district of Wilmersdorf, police report. When the suspects tried to drive away they were followed by plain-clothed officers. 

The driver first drove over a policeman who had tried to stop the car, then sped through a red light, causing a collision with two other cars. The young woman was also struck during the crash.

Even then though, the chase wasn't over, as the driver attempted to flee the scene. But police officers were able to detain him soon after. The two other men were arrested in the car.

It was also confirmed on Thursday morning that the 27-year-old driver had been under the influence of alcohol and that his accomplices - 14 and 18 years old - were injured during the incident.

Official figures released this week show that more people have died on the streets of Berlin so far in 2018 than in the whole of last year.

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