Merseyside Police has arrested a woman after a serious collision on The Strand in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of today (Saturday 7 October).
A white Audi TT, being driven at speed came to the attention of patrols at about 1.10am.
Soon after, the vehicle was in collision with a private hire car on The Strand near its junction with Brunswick Street, which was in turn involved in a collision with a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, a man in his 40s, was taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries. His condition is described as critical.
The private hire driver, a man in his 50s, also required treatment for neck injuries.
Efforts are ongoing to locate the driver, who made off on foot, while a passenger was detained at the scene.
A 53-year-old woman from Southport was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and has been taken into custody to be interviewed.
The Strand is closed in both directions between James Street and Chapel Street while officers investigate at the scene and emergency services continue to deal with the incident. These road closures may affect other areas of the city centre and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.
Detective Sergeant Kurt Timpson, Lead Investigating Officer for the MATRIX Serious Collision Investigation Unit said, “An investigation has been launched following this collision, which has left a 44-year-old man with serious injuries.
“While an arrest has been made in connection with the incident, the investigation is still very much in its early stages and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to please get in touch.
“I would ask that if you were in the area at the time or have premises nearby, to please review your CCTV or dashcam in case the incident was captured, including any footage of the Audi TT shortly before the incident. Every piece of information, no matter how small, could help us with our ongoing enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0151 777 5747, email SCIU@merseyside.police.uk or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 23000974882.
The incident has been referred by Merseyside Police to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as the incident followed recent police contact.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their online form at: Giving information anonymously | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)