No misconduct in life-changing police collision
An officer who struck a female pedestrian with his car while responding to a 999 call was driving in line with national guidelines, an investigation has found.
An officer who struck a female pedestrian with his car while responding to a 999 call was driving in line with national guidelines, an investigation has found. The woman had just left a tram in Nottinghams Wilkinson Street when she was hit by a single-crewed police car on January 11. The 46-year-old was rushed to hospital where she was treated for life-changing injuries. An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation found the police car was overtaking a stationary bus but decelerated significantly before the collision occurred. The vehicles lights were on and a witness who was wearing headphones at the time confirmed that the siren had been activated. CCTV evidence showed the woman had her hood up and had not looked to her left before crossing the road. The inquiry concluded that the officers actions were consistent with national guidance and legal exemptions from complying with speed limits and road signs. IPCC commissioner Derrick Campbell said: The consequences of this incident were tragic and life-changing for the woman involved and her family, and they have my sympathy. After conducting a thorough investigation, our investigators opinion was that the decisions and actions of the officer driving the car involved were in line with policy and reasonable in the circumstances.