An Italian waiter was killed early yesterday when his car was involved in a head-on collision in Knightsbridge with a vehicle driven by a boy of 15 who was being pursued by the police.

The red Ford Sierra was believed to have been stolen in Reading the previous day. The teenager lost control of the Sierra, colliding with a black cab, and smashing into an on-coming Renault Clio. Two police vehicles struck the rear of the Sierra.

Luigino Giovanni Cecconello, 39, of Rannoch Road, Hammersmith, who was in the Renault, was pronounced dead at the scene. The taxi driver was unhurt. The boy and his front-seat passenger, a 43-year-old man, were both taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where they were placed under arrest. They are not believed to be related.

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