GMP officers not at fault in death of man hit by tipper truck
Two police community support officers (PCSOs) whose attempts to question a man led to him fleeing and being killed by a tipper truck have been cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Thomas Grogan died on February 12, 2018 after being struck by a DAF tipper truck near the traffic lights at a junction close to Rochdale city centre. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Initial reports at the time suggested Mr Grogan had been running from two GMP officers at the time he was struck.
Results of the IOPC investigation have been released following the conclusion of an inquest, which last week ruled that the death of Mr Grogan was accidental.
On the day he died, he was thought to have tried to shoplift items from a market stall and shortly after noon, a PCSO informed him of their suspicions.
A spokesperson for the IOPC said: “Our investigators attended the scene and the post incident procedures. Statements were taken from all of the PCSOs involved and members of the public who witnessed the incident. CCTV, police body-worn video, and vehicle-mounted camera footage was collected, and a forensic collision reconstruction report was carried out.
“At around 3.30pm that afternoon it appears that Mr Grogan witnessed two different PCSOs walking towards him as he was sat down at an underpass. One of the PCSOs called out Mr Grogan’s name.
“Mr Grogan quickly moved away from the approaching PCSOs and jumped over a railing at the traffic lights. When Mr Grogan attempted to cross the road, he was hit by the truck. At the point at which Mr Grogan was hit, the PCSOs were a significant distance away and were not pursuing him.”
IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe said: “The evidence we gathered clearly indicates that the contact GMP had with Mr Grogan that day was minimal. Sadly, it appears that Mr Grogan’s decision to cross the road led to his death. We didn’t find any evidence that the conduct of any of the PCSOs involved that day was of concern, and they were all treated as witnesses throughout our investigation.”