Teenager Killed In Police Chase Is Named

A schoolgirl killed when her family’s car was caught up in a police chase has been named as 13-year-old Wiktoria Was.

Wiktoria was a back seat passenger in the VW Polo when it was hit by another car that was being pursued by police through southeast London.

She was pronounced dead at the scene on Ilderton Road, close to Millwall Football Club on Sunday evening.

Staff at Goffs School in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, where Wiktoria was a year nine pupil, confirmed that they have been helping students cope with the loss of a talented pupil.

Headteacher Alison Garner paid tribute to her.

“Wiktoria was a highly valued member of our community, funny, charming, bubbly and with a bright future ahead of her. She will be much missed by us all.”

She added: “I have spoken with all of year nine and arranged for Wiktoria’s form to be talked to separately in their form group. 

“The school counsellor will be available at least this week for students and staff, and we will be encouraging students to think about how they would like to remember Wiktoria – for example via a tree, bench, and memorial assembly – once the initial shock has subsided.”

The Metropolitan Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission are both investigating the pursuit and subsequent collision.

Devon Newell, 32, of Meeting House Lane, Peckham, southeast London, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and driving with no insurance and no licence.

He appeared by videolink at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody to appear before Woolwich Court on January 15.