AN investigation is continuing into the crash which claimed the life of a young motorist on the A50 at Longton early on Sunday morning.
Police have revealed the 19 year old driver, from London, was has not been named, was travelling in the wrong direction along the carriageway.
A 18 year old woman passenger, from Stoke-on-Trent, sustained critical injuries in the collision with two other vehicles. Both drivers escaped with minor injuries.
The A50 remained closed in both directions for nine hours while police investigated the scene of the crash, which occurred between the Baths Road and Trentham Road junctions at around 6am.
Police had been pursuing the car after it had ignored an earlier request in the city to stop.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The officers made the decision to abort the pursuit due to the manner of the driver of the offending vehicle.
“We can confirm that the car turned onto the A50 and travelled for some distance in the wrong direction facing oncoming traffic.
“We have voluntarily referred ourselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as officers had earlier attempted to stop the vehicle.”
Any witnesses or anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police 101, quoting incident number 177 of April 15.
“ We are particularly keen to trace any witnesses who were travelling on the eastbound (towards Uttoxeter) carriageway who witnessed the Toyota Aygo or police vehicles passing them or who have dashcam footage,” said the police spokesman.