A great-grandmother who suffered serious personal injury after being struck by a police van responding to a 999 call, is seeking £300,000 in road traffic accident compensation.
The London Evening Standard is reporting that eighty five year old Annie Fallon was crossing a road in Cockfosters, London, when she was run over by the police van, which was reportedly travelling on the wrong side of the road at 43mph in a 30mph zone.
Mrs Fallon suffered numerous injuries in the collision and lost part of her right foot, which has had a huge impact on the life of the fiercely independent pensioner, who is no longer as mobile as she once was.
An investigation into the incident by the Independent Police Complaints Commission revealed that the driver of the police vehicle had not been trained in emergency response driving.
With the help of her family Mrs Fallon has now launched a claim for compensation at the High Court in London, alleging negligence by both the driver of the vehicle and the Metropolitan Police Force.
Her grand-daughter thirty one year old Genevieve Hassan, told the newspaper that the family believed that the force needed to change its policing policy, to ensure unqualified drivers were not allowed out on the roads.
No charges have been brought against the officer concerned.