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Fatal mobility scooter crash ‘unavoidable,’ watchdog finds

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A police officer on an emergency call “could not have avoided” a collision with a mobility scooter which resulted in the death of an elderly lady, a watchdog has found.

The Independent Office for Police Investigation (IOPC) found the vehicle was travelling at an “appropriate speed” for the call.

A BBC News report explained how Jessie Whitehead was struck by a marked Warwickshire Police car in Bedworth on January 23 of last year, with an inquest jury returning a conclusion of misadventure into the death.

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The same report went on to detail how given alongside the verdict, the jury said Ms Whitehead, 74, had been crossing Coventry Road and “entered the road carriageway of her own volition, solely in control of her scooter”.

The IOPC said police officers gave first aid at the scene prior to the arrival of paramedics but Ms Whitehead died in hospital.

IOPC regional director, Derrick Campbell, said: “I again send my sympathies to the family and friends of Jessie Whitehead and everyone affected by this terribly sad event. The officer was suitably trained and qualified and sadly, despite efforts to brake, could not have avoided the tragic collision.”

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