Police officer cleared of any blame in serious road accident

Commissioner has concluded inquiry into A941 accident last month.

A MAJOR INVESTIGATION into the circumstances surrounding serious injuries suffered by an 11-year-old Elgin girl when hit by a police van has been concluded.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) was asked to look at the accident at the end of November when the Seafield Primary pupil was struck by a police van on the A941 Lossiemouth road in Elgin.

At the time of the accident a police officer was driving the van on what was described as a ‘routine patrol’. The accident victim was taken to Dr Gray’s in Elgin after the accident on November 26, before later being airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with what were described as “serious” injuries from which she made a full recovery.

Yesterday the PIRC said that they had now concluded their investigation and that no further action would be taken against the officer concerned in the accident.

A statement read: “Following an examination of independent witness statements, we have determined there is no need for further inquiries to be made in relation to this incident. The commissioner has been in contact with the family to keep them informed.”

Local councillor Patsy Gowans said that she is sure local people will welcome the end of the inquiry “and respect its findings”, adding: “We all just hope that she continues to improve.”