A 28-year-old jogger received serious injuries to his head, legs and an arm after being hit by a police car in Essex. He was struck by an unmarked black BMW police car whilst it was responding to an emergency incident. The man was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital and the serious collision referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation. After the incident the police car’s on-board computer was being checked, local CCTV studied and witnesses interviewed.
Police have a special job to do
Being hit by a police car, either as a pedestrian or a fellow driver is rare. Police drivers receive advanced, specialist training to learn how to respond to hazardous road conditions, particularly those involving challenging high speed pursuits of criminals. Drivers in the police force qualify for a special exemption as members of the emergency services, so they are permitted to exceed the speed limit and drive through red lights in the course of their job, but they must always do this with the safety of other road users’ front of mind. In the event that a police officer is found to have been driving dangerously and without due care and attention the exemption no longer applies.
Result of collision can be devastating
Sadly as the result of unpredictable situations there is always the potential for a police car to collide with other road users or property. When a pedestrian is hit by any kind of vehicle he or she can receive major head injuries, broken bones, serious bruises and abrasions, even if that vehicle is not speeding. In more severe impacts crush injuries can be extremely serious and even fatal. Any kind of road traffic accident is traumatising, but being hit by a police car can be particularly shocking and difficult for everyone involved.
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Source: The Enquirer
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown