Seven Sisters crash: police complaints commission backs officers

Shaka Henry and Gregory Jones died after the Audi A3 they were travelling in crashed into a bridge in Seven Sisters Roa

Karl Maddix pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving in February

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An investigation into a police car chase that led to a crash in which two men died has upheld officers' decisions.

Shaka Henry, 33, and Gregory Jones, 38, died after the Audi A3 they were travelling in crashed into a bridge in Seven Sisters Road at the junction of St Ann’s Road, London in March 2013.

The Audi A3 was being pursued by a marked police car prior to the collision.

Karl Maddix, now 32, the driver of the Audi, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Wood Green Crown Court in February. He was jailed for ten years and banned from driving for 12 years.

The investigation, carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), found the decision to initiate the pursuit by Metropolitan Police Service officers was appropriate.

The Audi had been travelling at speed and had passed through a set of red traffic lights. The driver showed no intention to stop, despite the police car having its lights and sirens on.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “We found no wrongdoing on the part of the officers and I must commend them for their efforts to revive Mr Jones and Mr Henry at the scene, and to provide first aid to Mr Maddix.”

The police car reached a speed of 73mph in a 30mph zone during the pursuit. The IPCC found it was appropriate for the police car to exceed the speed limit, as the officers were attempting to obtain a registration number to carry out intelligence checks on the Audi.

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