A driver who crashed into a tree in Hempstead Road yesterday has died.

A man died at the scene following the crash at around 5am near the entrance to Watford town hall car park.

Two passengers in the white Audi are seriously injured in hospital.

At this time, it is understood prior to the collision, an unmarked police car attempted to stop the Audi before it drove off.

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is leading the investigation, says the Audi was found within a few minutes after crashing into a tree.

The driver died at the scene.

They are yet to be formally identified and police say efforts are being made to inform the man's next of kin.

IOPC regional director Sarah Green said: "This is a tragic event and our sympathies are with the family and friends of the person who has died, those who were injured, and all those affected by this incident.

"Hertfordshire Police made a mandatory referral to us following the incident yesterday morning and we declared an independent investigation. Our investigators travelled to the scene, attended post incident procedures, and have begun gathering relevant evidence including any relevant CCTV."

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Forensic unit outside West Herts College

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Hempstead Road was shut for around 11 hours yesterday and forensic investigators spent most of the day gathering evidence.

West Herts College, Lanchester Community Free School, The Horns, and Watford Library all had to close because people were unable to reach the buildings due to the ongoing police investigation.

Metal screens were erected near The Horns. Behind the screens, the Audi had come to a rest after hitting a tree.

The IOPC are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone who witnessed any interaction between the police and the Audi prior to the collision, is encouraged to call 0800096 9076 or email witness@policeconduct.gov.uk