Hyde Park Corner crash: Pedestrian, 66, dies after being hit by £250,000 Rolls-Royce yards from Buckingham Palace

Anthony France, Daniel O'Mahony, Jacob Jarvis
Jeremy Selwyn

A pedestrian died this morning after being hit by a £250,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith yards from Buckingham Palace.

The man, 66, was crossing the road when he collided with the supercar in Hyde Park Corner near the Australian War Memorial, just before 3.15am. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police sealed off a large swathe of the roundabout as they investigated the crash, causing rush-hour tailbacks around Piccadilly and Park Lane.

The Qatar-registered Wraith was left with a large crack on the windscreen.

The driver stopped at the scene and there have been no arrests, police said.

The Wraith has previously been pictured online by motoring enthusiasts driving around exclusive neighbourhoods including Belgravia. There is no suggestion the car was speeding at the time of the crash this morning.

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Over the summer, residents in Knightsbridge have complained about super cars speeding in the area.

Many are registered to Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Emirates, with their wealthy drivers transporting them to the capital to use in the summer months.

A police spokesman said no details of the pedestrian's identity were given and his family have not been informed.

The force said "extensive enquiries" are being made to seek his relatives.

Detective Constable Chris May of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is very busy section of road and I am sure there would be a number of people who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it. I would ask those people to contact police and in particular anyone who was in the area and may have dash cam footage.

“Your information could be vital in helping us understand the cause of this tragic incident.”

Witnesses or anyone with information which might assist officers is asked to call the SCIU on 0208543 5157 or contact the Met on Twitter @MetCC quoting CAD 860/22AUG.

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