4 June 2018

54-year-old woman dies after collision with police vehicle last month

| Lachlan Roberts
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A 54-year-old woman has died from injuries suffered in a collision with a marked police car in Kaleen last month.

About 8 pm on the 4th of May, there was a collision between the woman’s yellow Hyundai Getz and a marked police car at the intersection of Baldwin Drive and Maribyrnong Avenue, in Kaleen, with both vehicles suffering major damage.

AFP Professional Standards and the Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team attended the scene and investigated the circumstances surrounding the incident.

According to ACT Police, the marked police vehicle was responding to a priority one incident, which requires an immediate police response to a potentially life-threatening situation.

The male officer involved provided first aid to the woman until the ACT Ambulance Service arrived. The officer also sustained minor injuries which required further treatment.

Chief Police Officer for the ACT Justine Saunders said the woman has now died as a result of her injuries.

“I offer my deepest condolences to her family and friends,” Assistant Commissioner Saunders said.

“The collision has and will 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.”

ACT Policing said they are taking the matter “extremely seriously” and as a matter of procedure, the officer involved has had his AFP driving permit suspended until the investigation is complete.

An update will be provided when appropriate so as not to prejudice the current investigation or any subsequent court processes, including the coronial inquest.

It is the sixth fatality on ACT roads this year.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have dash-cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6262606. Information can be provided anonymously.

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