Moment police car hit and killed professors son in fatal crash after chase

A dashcam video appears to show the final moments of a university professor's son before he was hit by a police car.

Arthur Hölscher-Ermert, 27, was hit by an unmarked black BMW on the A259 in Peacehaven of East Sussex at around 11pm on Saturday (April 30).

Sussex Police said an officer has been placed on restricted duties under investigation "for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving".

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) also said the officer would be investigated for "potential gross misconduct".

Arthur's father, Prof Jens Hölscher, has threatened to sue Sussex Police.

"Apparently he was chased because the car he was driving was not insured. But he left the car, he was not in the car anymore. It's horrible," the Bournemouth University professor told the Mirror.

"Why did they not stop? I don't get it."

In the footage obtained by The Times, the economist's son is seen running across a road as a black BMW hits him, knocking him down.

"You've killed the man," a panicked bystander shouted as officers attempted PCR as seen in another video, according to the report.

The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.

"I can't think of any reason except of being absolutely careless with someone's life," Prof Hölscher said.

The IOPC said Arthur was driving an Audi that was being pursued by a police car.

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Graham Beesley, regional director at IOPC, said: "We understand the concern this incident has caused in the community and I would like to reassure everyone that we will carry out a thorough and independent investigation to establish exactly what happened and why."

Investigators will decide whether to refer a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) once the inquiry has finished, he added.

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