More details are emerging about an apparent hit and run which claimed the lives of two cyclists in Bristol on Sunday.
Avon and Somerset Police say that a Citroen Picasso travelling along Lower Hanham Road shortly before 4pm on Sunday January 27 caught the attention of officers. They attempted to stop the car to no avail and began following the vehicle, but lost sight of it.
Very shortly afterwards, the car struck another vehicle then collided with the two cyclists, Ross Matthew Simons, 34, and Clare Simons, 30, who were travelling on a tandem bike. Both died at the scene as a result of their injuries.
Inspector Frazer Davey, from the Collision Investigation Team, said: “Following investigations overnight the circumstances of this collision have become much clearer. However I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw this car in the area shortly before the collision to come forward and contact us. This is a tragic incident in which two people have needlessly lost their lives. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with their families.”
The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and a 38-year-old man, who handed himself in at a police station on Sunday evening, was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody. A 35-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk