A police officer knocked down and killed by a stolen pick-up truck "didn't stand a chance", his chief constable said today.
Pc David Phillips was standing on a central reservation when the stolen Mitsubishi, being pursued by police following a burglary, mounted the kerb and hit him at speed before driving off.
The 34-year-old father of two young children was given emergency first aid by colleagues and rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, Merseyside Police said.
The stolen vehicle was found abandoned a short time later in Wallasey.
"He didn't stand a chance," said chief constable Sir Jon Murphy.