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Three detained after 'loving mother' killed by car in police chase

Published 13/05/2016

Police are appealing for witnesses
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Three people have been detained after a nurse was killed when she was hit by a car which was being chased by police in Edinburgh.

The family of Jill Pirrie said the "loving mother, daughter, partner and friend" will be "hugely missed".

She is believed to have been walking home from work at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary when the collision occurred on Old Dalkeith Road at around 8pm on Thursday.

Ms Pirrie, 33, who is understood to have a young son, was treated at the scene but later died in the hospital where she worked.

In a statement released through police, her family said: "Jill was a loving mother, daughter, partner and friend who will be hugely missed by the many who knew and loved her.

"She was well known for her great sense of humour, and no words can express the void that is left as a result of this tragedy."

Police Scotland said a force vehicle was following a silver Ford Ka after it failed to stop for officers.

The police car's blue lights and siren were being used in the pursuit, the force said.

Three males have been detained over the crash and officers are searching for a fourth. Their ages have not been specified.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) is also reviewing the circumstances that led to the death.

Chief Superintendent Kenny Macdonald said: "We reported this collision to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, who have instructed Pirc to carry out an independent investigation.

"Pirc are instructed to investigate deaths following police contact or involvement, and we will co-operate fully with their inquiry.

"Our sincere condolences are with Jill's family and friends at this tragic time, and we will utilise all resources at our disposal to investigate this collision."

A Pirc spokeswoman said: ''A police vehicle was following a silver Ford Ka when the Ka was involved in a collision which resulted in the death of a 33-year-old woman in Edinburgh.

''The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has instructed the Pirc to carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances leading up to the incident.

''Pirc investigators attended the scene in the early hours of the morning and a report will be submitted to the Crown Office in due course.''

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Jim Crombie, NHS Lothian acute services chief officer, said: " We are deeply saddened and shocked by this truly tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathies are with Jill's family at this sad time.

"Jill was a talented, well-liked and respected member of our theatres team and her colleagues and friends are devastated. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is a close-knit community and this has sent shock waves through the site.

"We have been providing support to relatives and staff throughout the night and that will continue over the coming days and weeks."

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