Fatal collision with man in road in Northampton could not have been anticipated by police officer driving

6 Feb 2020 12:38 PM

A fatal collision involving a marked police car on emergency response and a man in a road in Northampton could not have been anticipated by the officer driving, an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation has found.

The accident occurred at around 4 am on 9 September 2018, on Lumbertubs Way, Northampton. A double-crewed police car was responding to an emergency call when the collision occurred along the dual carriageway between the Round Spinney and St Gregory's Road roundabouts. Paramedics attended but sadly, William Smith, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene.

After being notified that morning by Northamptonshire Police, IOPC investigators attended the scene and conducted a detailed examination. Accounts were gathered from the two officers in the police vehicle. Statements were taken from witnesses and CCTV footage obtained. IOPC investigators also attended a later reconstruction of the incident. A report was compiled by a specialist collision investigator.

Evidence indicates Mr Smith was on his way home on foot and was in the carriageway at the time of the collision. The carriageway was poorly lit.

During the investigation, there was no indication any police officer had behaved in a manner that would justify the bringing of disciplinary proceedings or had committed a criminal offence.

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