ACT Policing investigate woman’s death due to crash with police car
The death of a 54-year-old woman whose car was hit by a marked police car in Canberra last month is being investigated.
ACT Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders said “tragically, the woman has now passed away as a result of her injuries” in the May 4 crash.
Police said the woman was the driver in a car hit by a police car responding to a priority-one incident, which “requires an immediate police response to a potentially life-threatening situation”.
The officer, who received minor injuries and has since had his AFP driving permit suspended, gave first aid to the woman until the ACT Ambulance Service arrived and took her to hospital.
After offering her deepest condolences, Chief Police Officer Saunders said the collision was being investigated and would continue to be treated as a critical incident.
“This is a complex investigation involving the Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team, Australian Federal Police Professional Standards and the ACT Coroner and as such no further comment can be made at this time,” she said.
The AFP Professional Standards investigates and oversees complaints about ACT police conduct.
In a statement, ACT Policing said an update would be given “when appropriate so as not to prejudice the current investigation or any subsequent court processes, including the coronial inquest”.
Police urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have dash-cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers, anonymously if they wish, on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website and quote reference number 6262606.
The death was the 6th on ACT roads this year.