Pictured: man killed in horror crash in central London as car ‘sped away from police’

The family of a man killed in a car being chased by police that smashed into the side of a house today told of their heartache at his death.

Perry Doherty, 27, had to be cut from the wreckage of the mangled vehicle after the early-hours crash in Kensington. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three men in their 20s were also injured when their car became plunged into the lightwell for the basement flat in West Cromwell Road. 

One was fighting for his life today in hospital.

Mr Doherty, a forklift driver who worked for a cargo firm serving nearby Heathrow, was in the speeding car when it failed to stop for police in nearby Talgarth Road at 3.10am on Saturday.


Perry Doherty, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash

Witnesses claimed it took two hours for passengers to be freed from the car.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the crash, Scotland Yard said.

Distraught relatives were today comforting his mother, Kim Doherty, at the family home in Feltham. One said: “He was a wonderful boy, we just can’t take this.”

His brothers also told of their pain at his “shocking” death online.

Jay Doherty said: “Worst feeling in the world growing up with four brothers and losing the one you grew up with, went to school with, and basically looked up to…love you so much Pel, I can’t believe this is happening.”


The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the crash, Scotland Yard said (PA)

Another brother, Jordan Eldred, said: “Woke up to the worst news ever, cannot believe my brother has gone. I still just wish it is a dream.

“Perry Doherty you were special to me and my little boy, I will never forget you. I love you so much.”

Cousin Cealeigh Nolan said: “Rip to my beautiful cousin Perry Doherty. Such shocking news, still can’t believe you’re gone Pel,” while Samantha Foley wrote: “I still don’t want to believe it, I wish it was all a dream. 


A workman sweeps at the scene of the fatal car crash in Kensington (PA)

“You are going to be so deeply missed it’s untrue…I’m so proud to call you my son’s uncle I will make sure he grows up knowing about his uncle Pel.”

Floral tributes have been laid at the scene in memory of the former Longford Community School pupil, alongside candles spelling out his initials “PD”.

A neighbour said: “He was a nice cheeky lad who always had a smile on his face we are devastated for his mum and the family.”

Bianca Simpson, 45, who lives in flat at the junction with Warwick Road, was in bed when the car smashed into her basement just after 3am.

She said it took two hours for the passengers to be cut free from the back seat.

“One of them jumped out and was screaming ‘my brother’s in there, my brother’s in there’.

“He was groaning hard in pain. I’m still traumatised…hearing that guy screaming.”

Another person living at the house told the Standard: “I thought the tree had fallen down. I saw two guys leaving the car and the police were there. I saw them chasing them.

“Listening to the guy screaming for hours – that was a bad experience. He was touching my kitchen window and I could see him next to me.”

A Met spokesman said two men who had freed themselves from the car had been arrested and subsequently de-arrested after being taken to hospital with minor injuries.

He added: “At this early stage it is understood that the car was seen by officers being driven at speed on Talgarth Road shortly before the collision.

“The police car followed the vehicle and signalled for it to stop, but it sped away out of sight of the officers. 

“When next seen by the officers, it had been involved in the collision in West Cromwell Road. Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances.”

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