A woman died after being hit by a police car responding to an emergency in Buckinghamshire, a coroner has ruled. Kimberley Cameron, aged 27, died having been involved in an incident on a major road last year.

Ms Cameron, from Aylesbury , was hit by a police car on the A41 Bicester Road in the town on April 16, 2021. The officer driving the car was en route to a car crash on the A41 in Waddesdon where two children were trapped in a car that was on fire.

She was pronounced dead at the scene having been hit by the police vehicle, which was travelling at 62mph in a 40mph zone to respond to the crash in Waddesdon. An inquest jury came to the conclusion that she was killed in the incident after a three-day hearing ended at Beaconsfield Coroner's Court on Friday, October 21.

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The jury's conclusion stated: "Kimberley died on April 16, 2021 at 6.21pm on the A41 , Aylesbury. Whilst using the pegasus crossing during slow-moving/stationary traffic Kimberley was struck by a fast-moving police vehicle responding to an emergency call.

"The A41 (a three-laned carriageway) had a high volume of traffic travelling westbound caused by an RTC further along the road. The police car was travelling under emergency conditions with lights and sirens activated.

"The police car was travelling on the opposite carriageway when approaching the green-lighted (for road traffic) Pegasus crossing. Kimberley approached the crossing from the adjacent fields, pausing for a few seconds before deciding to cross.

"Visibility between Kimberley and the police car in the seconds before the collision was impeded by a white van and a freelander in the slow moving/stationary traffic." The incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which cleared the officer of wrongdoing despite a formal complaint about his driving submitted by Kimberley's father.

IOPC Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “Our thoughts are with Kimberley’s family, friends and all those affected by this incident. All our evidence suggests that Kimberley’s death was a tragic accident.

“Our investigation was independent of the police and aimed to understand events leading up to the collision. We found the officer who was driving acted appropriately and in line with the Thames Valley Police Driver Policy.

“The evidence we gathered was provided to the coroner to assist with the inquest proceedings, which we hope has helped answer some of Kimberley’s family’s questions about that day.” An IOPC spokesperson said that the investigation concluded that even if the officer had been driving at the speed limit, it would have been unlikely he could have avoided hitting her.

An IOPC spokesperson said: "Our investigation, which concluded in February 2022, found the police constable was responding to a report of a car crash on the A41 in Waddesdon, where two children were trapped in a car which was on fire . The call was assigned grade 1, which meant an immediate response - within 15 minutes - was required.

"The officer, who was driving a marked police vehicle, encountered slow-moving traffic, so moved into the oncoming lane where there was little to no traffic. His vehicle was travelling at approximately 62mph in a 40mph zone with its lights and sirens on when it struck Ms Cameron as she crossed between two stationary cars on a pedestrian crossing when the lights were at green for traffic.

"It is believed she may have been wearing her noise-cancelling earbuds as they were found near her. We concluded that even if the officer had been driving at or below the speed limit, it is likely he would not have been able to brake in time to avoid hitting Ms Cameron.

"In June 2021, Kimberley’s father submitted a formal complaint to the IOPC about the manner of police driving, specifically the speed and hazard perception. We concluded the service provided by the police was acceptable."

Investigators gathered and analysed audio-visual evidence, including dashcams and body-worn video footage. In addition, witness statements were taken from police officers, medical staff and civilians at the scene.

A forensic collision investigator from an outside force was appointed to examine the technical evidence and data. Local and national policies and procedures were analysed alongside legislation to determine whether the manner of driving was compliant.

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