A Met Police officer who ran down and killed an aspiring social worker while responding to a 999 call has been found not to be at fault for his actions – sparking fury from the woman’s bereaved father.
Jade Mutua, 22, was struck by a car being driven by PC Gary Watkinson shortly before 10pm on August 13 2019 while the London police officer was responding to a report of a woman being threatened with a knife.
The constable slammed on the brakes less than a second after he saw Ms Mutua as she walked into the road from beside a parked Land Rover, but the car was travelling at approximately 62mph in a 30mph zone when it collided with her.
She incurred serious injuries and was given first aid at the scene before she was taken to hospital, where she died two days later.
An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into Ms Mutua’s death found that PC Watkinson ‘acted in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures’.
Jade Mutua (pictured), 22, was struck by a car being driven by PC Gary Watkinson shortly before 10pm on August 13 2019
She incurred serious injuries and was given first aid at the scene before she was taken to hospital, where she died two days later
Ms Mutua’s dad, Jermaine Laxmidas, has hit out at decision and said he wants a change to the law around collisions involving emergency vehicles.
Mr Laxmidas told South London Press: ’62 to 64 miles an hour [in a 30mph zone]. Police said that’s normal. PC Wilkinson said himself [at the inquest] that he is encouraged by the police and the superintendent to go faster.
‘When questioned is there a set speed limit to go he said “no you can go as fast as 110mph on a 30mph road”.
‘I think the law needs to change the whole jury agreed he killed my beautiful daughter.’
According to the analysis, PC Watkinson responded in 0.6 seconds after he saw Ms Mutua in the road and the police car was travelling at around 62mph in a 30mph zone, prior to the officer’s emergency braking.
The IOPC said: ‘We examined an MPS forensic collision report which studied the response officer’s reaction times to Ms Mutua entering the road.’
‘Research studies suggest most normal road drivers, under test conditions, are able to respond to an unexpected hazard in 0.7 to 1.5 seconds, with 0.7 considered “extremely swift”.’
IOPC regional director Charmaine Arbouin said: ‘My thoughts and sympathies are with Ms Mutua’s family, friends and all those affected by her untimely and tragic death, including the officers involved.
‘Our investigation found no indication that any Metropolitan Police Service officers behaved in a manner that would justify the bringing of disciplinary proceedings or had committed a criminal offence.
‘However, we did identify the need for the Metropolitan Police to provide radio batteries which will last the duration of an officer’s full shift.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found that PC Gary Wilkinson was driving properly at the time of the incident (pictured)
‘On this occasion the officers had to return to their police vehicle in order to send a radio message to other units following the collision.’
As part of its investigation, IOPC investigators attended the scene and conducted a detailed examination.
A number of witness statements were taken from police officers and members of the public.
CCTV footage and police officers’ body-worn camera footage was analysed and compared, along with a download from the police vehicle’s incident data recorder.
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