Mowed down and killed by police car
PUBLISHED: 16:05 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010
WITNESSES have spoken of chaos at the scene of a horrific crash when a grandmother was knocked down and killed by a police car . Receptionist Sandy Simpson, 61, was just yards from her home in Mornington Avenue, Bromley, when a police vehicle with flas
WITNESSES have spoken of 'chaos' at the scene of a horrific crash when a grandmother was knocked down and killed by a police car .
Receptionist Sandy Simpson, 61, was just yards from her home in Mornington Avenue, Bromley, when a police vehicle with flashing blue lights hit her on the junction of Gundulph Road and Homesdale Road last Saturday night.
Her family, including her childhood sweetheart husband, Pete, looked on in horror as emergency services tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate her.
A neighbour, who lives on Homesdale Road but did not want to be named, said: " There was a lot of blood. It was horrific. There were so many police everywhere. They totally blocked the road off. It was chaos. The paramedics must have tried for 20 minutes to resuscitate her. Her husband was walking around like he was in a daze. He would go away and then come back again and sometimes he was shouting at the police.
"I saw them bring out a red blanket and wrap her up. When it was obvious she was dead, he lay over her holding her and kissing her. I feel so sorry for the family."
Another witness, said: "It was terrible. There was lots of blood in the road and as soon as I came out I knew that the woman had died. Lots of people were outside but all I could hear was an older man shouting 'you have killed my wife' and a younger man shouting 'you've killed my mum'."
Mrs Simpson worked at sign company Creative FX, in Masons Hill, Bromley for 19 years. It has been reported the police officer was not attending to an emergency, but was driving to get a takeaway for his colleagues. The case was immediately referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which would not comment on the allegations but did confirm the officer has been taken off
Mrs Simpson leaves behind daughter Natasha, 32, and sons Darren, 28, Elliot, 22, as well as grandsons Jacob and Sonny.
Flowers and tributes lay tied to a lamppost where she was killed. A note with some sunflowers from her family read: "Dear Mum (Nanny), we were your sunflowers and through your love, strength and support, you made us grow. We will love you forever. Love from Natasha, Darren, Elliot, Jacob and Sonny."
Another one read: "You're such a wonderful person. It will be so hard without you. You always made me feel so special. I have never known such an amazing, positive and enthusiastic person like you. I am just so gutted that Marie and Elliot's unborn children will never meet you but we will make sure they know everything about you and keep your memory alive. You know I will look after your Elliot always, love Gemma."
IPCC Commissioner, Mike Franklin, said: "I send my deep sympathies to the family of the deceased at this difficult time. The IPCC will carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this tragic incident."
A spokesman from the IPCC said: "IPCC investigators attended the scene on the night of the collision and launched an inquiry into the circumstances.
"Initial analysis of the police vehicle's data recording system shows that the vehicle was travelling with its blue lights and sirens on at the time of the collision.
"The IPCC's investigation will look at the actions and deployment of the officer during this time.
"IPCC investigators have been carrying house to house enquires. A post-mortem, attended by an IPCC investigator, was carried out and an inquest will be opened in due course.