A female pedestrian has died following a collision with a police car responding to an emergency call in Warwickshire – just 12 hours after another woman was killed by a police patrol car in London.
Police said the incident occurred at around midday on Wednesday on Coventry Road, Bedworth.
Officers gave the woman first aid until paramedics arrived. She was taken to hospital by air ambulance but later died, despite the efforts of doctors.
Police said the woman was knocked down at around midday yesterday on Coventry Road, Bedworth (pictured). She was taken to hospital by air ambulance but later died
Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: ‘Our thoughts are with the woman’s family at this very difficult time.
‘The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and we are co-operating fully with their investigation.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 154 of January 23.
It happened just 12 hours after a 26-year-old Eritrean refugee died when a Metropolitan Police patrol hit her on Tuesday night.
The vehicle hit the woman, named locally as Luam Gebremariam, during an emergency call as she walked next to a main road in Walthamstow, East London, at about 11.45pm last night. It is not yet clear how fast the police car was going.
Anyone who witnessed the incident (pictured yesterday) is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 154 of January 23
The car stopped at the scene and the officers gave the woman first aid before paramedics from London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance arrived.
Yesterday a picture of the victim was left at the crash site, along with touching tributes from staff at the YMCA where she was staying.
A 50-year-old woman, who lives just yards from the scene, said she knew the victim, who had been staying at the YMCA for about 18 months.
The incident in Warwickshire came just 12 hours after 26-year-old Eritrean refugee Luam Gebremariam died after being hit by a police car in London
‘The girl was crossing outside my door,’ she said. ‘She lived in the YMCA. The car had a huge dent in and her body was thrown all the way down the road, you can see it must have been going very fast.’
Scotland Yard detectives were working to trace her next of kin, ‘who are believed to be outside the UK’. Forest Road, where the incident happened, has been closed.
One witness tweeted this morning that he had seen least five police cars and a forensic van at a junction by The Bell pub.
The woman said that she heard a banging at the door – it was her 18-year-old son, sobbing and shouting.
‘My son saw it all,’ she said. ‘He was coming back from being out with his friend and he came running and knocked on the door.
‘He was crossing the road at the same time as her, he said the policeman killed the girl.
‘I asked how he knew she was dead and he said “mummy, anyone hit at that speed and thrown that far would be dead”.’
Previous crash: Police are pictured at the scene in Walthamstow, east London, yesterday morning following the crash on the previous night