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Death crash policeman to face court

PUBLISHED: 11:56 02 March 2009 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

A POLICE officer faces charges of dangerous driving after a grandmother was killed when she was hit by his car. Bromley police officer Malcolm Searles, 25, from Swanley

A POLICE officer faces charges of dangerous driving after a grandmother was killed when she was hit by his car.

Bromley police officer Malcolm Searles, 25, from Swanley, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on March 26 accused of causing death by dangerous driving, three counts of dangerous driving and three counts of speeding.

Receptionist Sandy Simpson, 61, was just yards from her home in Mornington Avenue, Bromley, when Searles' police car knocked her down on Gundulph Road's junction with Homesdale Road on August 23 last year.

She had been on an evening stroll with her childhood sweetheart husband Pete when she was hit and died at the scene.

Speaking a month after his wife's death, Mrs Simpson's husband of 43 years, said: "My wife was a wonderful woman. We are a close family and we are pulling together. But I don't have my Sandra anymore. It's devastating."

Mrs Simpson leaves behind sons Darren, 28, Elliot, 22, and daughter Natasha, 32, as well as grandsons Jacob and Sonny.

Searles is currently suspended on full pay from Bromley police.

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