Fatal crash leads to IOPC referral

The death of a motorcyclist who collided with a barrier on the A442 Brockton Way in Telford, Shropshire, has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) “due to the proximity of a police vehicle” at the time of the collision.

May 6, 2020
By Tony Thompson

A helicopter from the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was dispatched to the incident, which occurred at 1.40pm on Monday (May 4).

A WMAS spokesperson said: “We sent the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a BASICS doctor on board, a land ambulance and paramedic officer to the scene.

“Upon arrival, crews found one man, who was the motorcyclist, in a critical condition. Unfortunately, it quickly became clear nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding of West Mercia Police said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this difficult time. An investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of the collision.

“Due to the proximity of a police vehicle at the time of the collision the matter has been referred to the IOPC.”

An IOPC spokesperson said: “We have begun an investigation into police actions prior to the death of a motorcyclist on the A442 in Telford.

“We understand the 30-year-old man riding the motorcycle collided with a barrier at around 1.40pm soon after passing a marked police traffic vehicle which was at a layby.

“After being notified by West Mercia Police we sent investigators to the scene and the police post-incident procedure to begin our inquiries.”

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