Driver in Fatal Wandsworth Prison Car Chase Arrested

Acacia Smith died after police responded to reports of a drone in the area

Craig Kearney with Acacia Smith
Craig Kearney with Acacia Smith. Picture: Facebook

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man who was driving at the time of a fatal crash earlier this month on the Wandsworth Bridge Road.

He is believed to be Craig Kearney, who was driving the car at the time of the collision. After the crash he was admitted to hospital in a critical condition but was discharged on 17 August and arrested by detectives from Wandsworth police on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and Prison Act offences.

He was also arrested by detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been bailed to return to a police station on a date in mid-October.

25-year-old Acacia Smith, a nursery nurse, died in the early hours of Tuesday 9 August when the car she was a passenger in smashed into a wall and burst into flames near Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham. The car had been followed by police after being spotted in the vicinity of Wandsworth Prison. They were responding to a report that a drone was being flown over the prison grounds.

The former Acton High School pupil also known as Caysha had worked at a number of nurseries. Her friends have said that they have no idea what she might have been doing in the area of Wandsworth Prison at that time of night. Reportedly a drone was found in the wreckage of the car the couple were driving.

August 24, 2016