THE upmarket Chelsea street where a woman and her three dogs were killed is allegedly a popular racer drag with constant dangerous driving.
The victim, 41, and her trio of pets were struck by a black Audi TT in the horror car crash on Cheyne Walk, London, as she crossed a junction close to the Albert Bridge.
The 26-year-old male driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the incident on one of the capital’s most desirable streets.
Another motor, a silver grey Mercedes CLA, was also damaged in the crash and ended up a few feet away from the crumpled Audi.
Cops and emergency services rushed to the scene at 6.21am on Saturday and are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.
And some residents have claimed that the area has been a frequent hotspot for drag races.
One resident said: “It’s always been a bit of a boy racer drag.”
Colin Christie, who lives near the bridge, said that local residents have been campaigning for years to make the crossing safer.
“It is so dangerous; there are so many people running the red lights there.
“There is no protection for pedestrians, particularly now they have taken down the iron railings on the crossing which acted like a barrier.
It is believed the cars were travelling along Chelsea Embankment, an A road alongside the Thames which runs parallel to Cheyne Walk.
The fancy Cheyne Walk has been home to famous millionaires such as Rolling Stones stars Sir Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood.
Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch who is selling Chelsea FC, was said to have bought a £25 million Grade II-listed mansion on Cheyne Walk in 2011, but his plans to expand it into a £100 million super-home ran up against resistance from neighbours.
One witness to the aftermath wrote on Facebook: “I was one of three cars let through to see absolute carnage.
“Two dead golden labradors and one squealing so loudly, piercing the chaos all around.
“Lots of blood and several smashed cars. I have since learnt that the dog owner died at the scene with her 3 dogs.
“RIP lady and her dogs. So very very sad. Prayers for your family.”
Another wrote on Twitter: “I drove past this just after it happened.
“Absolutely awful scene – traffic lights mangled and three dead dogs in the road. There was damage to multiple cars.”
At the time police were asking drivers to avoid the area as a crime scene has been put in place.
A Met police spokesperson said earlier: “Officers investigating a fatal collision in Chelsea are appealing for witnesses.
“Police were called to Cheyne Walk, SW3, at 06.21hrs on Saturday, 14 May, to reports of a collision involving a car, a woman, and three dogs.
“Officers attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS).
“A 41-year-old woman was found dead at the scene. All three dogs have also died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.
“The woman’s next of kin have been notified and are being supported by specialist officers.
“The 26-year-old male driver of an Audi car, which had been involved in the collision, was found with minor injuries.
“He has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taken into custody.
“A crime scene has been put in place. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area as road closures are in place.
“Any witnesses, or anyone with any dash cam footage, is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD 1500/14May.”