29th Sep, 2020

Witnesses sought as investigation is launched into fatal Droitwich crash

THE INDEPENDENT Office of Police Conduct has launched its investigation into the fatal Droitwich crash on Monday when a scooter hit a tree in Primsland Way.

Marlon Vella was riding the Yamaha scooter around 4pm when it collided.

At the time behind the scooter there was a marked West Mercia Police vehicle on blue lights, responding to an emergency call in Worcester.

The police car stopped after the crash and an ambulance was called but sadly the 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers reported the incident to the IPOC because of the close proximity of the scooter and investigators were sent to the scene to gather information and monitor the police post-incident procedure.

The officer driving the police vehicle gave a witness account and investigators have been searching for relevant CCTV footage.

The IOPC is appealing for any witnesses to the incident to call investigators on 0800 029 4686 or email primslandway@policeconduct.gov.uk

IOPC regional director, Derrick Campbell, said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Vella’s family and friends and all of those affected by this tragic incident.

“There were a number of other road-users around on Primsland Way at the time and we would be grateful if any witnesses could come forward to assist with our independent investigation.

“Owing to the proximity of the police car at the time Mr Vella’s scooter crashed it is appropriate that we establish the full circumstances.”

The IOPC investigates the most serious road traffic incidents involving death and serious injury where police vehicles are being driven nearby and for example on emergency response.

Its investigations play a key role in securing public confidence in the police service by establishing what happened, ensuring individual accountability, and identifying any potential learning for individual forces or nationally.

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