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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 (3013321)
Teenage girl in critical condition after Ainsdale
by Natasha Young

A 14-YEAR-old girl was left with critical head injuries this week, following a serious crash in Ainsdale during the early hours of Monday morning (March 21).

The Ford Focus she was travelling in collided with a street sign and a parked car outside the Chapelhouse car dealership just after 4am on Liverpool Avenue.

A 23-year-old man from Orrell Park was driving the car, which had been followed by a marked Merseyside Police car in the minutes before the crash, and he was treated by paramedics at the scene before being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and in connection with two burglaries in Waterloo and Crosby.

The police force's professional standards department and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have been notified of the incident.

Liverpool Avenue remained closed between Leamington Road and Liverpool Road throughout the day until 4.45pm while investigations were carried out at the scene. Liverpool-bound traffic was diverted along the Coastal Road.

As details of the incident unfolded throughout the day, and 18-year-old man from Orrell Park and a 17-year-old girl from Waterloo were also arrested on suspicion of burglary.

All three people remained in police custody as this week's Champion went to press.

Following the incident, a spokesperson from Chapelhouse told The Champion that a number of vehicles and three signs were damaged during the crash. They said yesterday (Tuesday): “This was not just as a result of the impact, but debris which was flung across the frontage. We are waiting for Loss Adjusters to attend site, this wasn't possible yesterday as the premises were cordoned off until 5pm.

The dealership was unable to operate on Monday due to restricted pedestrian access and no vehicular access. We are now open as normal, and are in the process of estimating the extent of the damage, after which we will be organising replacement signage etc.”

Anyone with information is asked to call road traffic collision investigators on 0151 777 5771 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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