JEREMY CLARKSON was rebuked by police on social media for moaning about a road being closed because a man in his 70s had died in a crash.
The TV motoring presenter tweeted his complaint after the victim’s car was hit by one of a group of up to nine speeding vehicles whose drivers are suspected of racing each other.
Several forces responded by inviting him on a shift to see first-hand how they deal with road tragedies.
And a control room sergeant wrote: ‘Perhaps you’d like to come with us and personally explain to the family that we didn’t investigate the death of their loved one throughly because you wanted to get home?’
The crash victim was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident on the A4 in Hammersmith, west London, at 1.40am on Friday. His wife, also in her 70s, was taken to hospital where she was said to be in a stable condition.
Two men and a woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving. Another man, who had fled, was held on suspicion of the same offence after handing himself in.
Det Con Liam Kerrigan said up to nine cars were travelling together at high speed and ‘may well have been racing’. The victim was ‘an innocent member of the public’, he added.
Motoring host Clarkson, 59, tweeted at 4.11am on Friday: ‘How long can it take to reopen the road?’ It was unclear if he had been kept waiting in his car.
After the backlash, he added: ‘I’m sure it was terrible. But once the injured are sorted, the number one priority is opening the road. Blame is irrelevant.’