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Two elderly women who were killed in a smash with a speeding police car died in a road traffic collision and the officer behind the wheel was not to blame for their deaths, a coroner ruled today.
PC Darren Staley of Thames Valley Police, who featured in three series of the Sky TV show Road Wars, reached speeds of 70mph on a 40mph-limit stretch of Bath Road in Calcot, near Reading, Berkshire before slamming on his brakes when he saw the small car emerging from a junction at the last minute.
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He was correctly following protocol in January of last year, as he rushed to assist a fellow officer whose car had been rammed, the coroner and
His unmarked Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, lights flashing and sirens blaring, was still doing 49mph when he collided with the Micra containing eminent family planning expert Dr Gwyneth DeCamps, and Mrs Ann Valley who both suffered traumatic injuries.
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The elderly friends had just left a luncheon group meeting at a golf club.
Mrs Valley, 87, from Slough, who was driving, died at the scene.
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Mrs DeCamps, 88 and from Farnham Royal (known professionally as Dr Gwyneth Botherway) died shortly after the collision in hospital on January 23 of last year.
Appearing before a jury of six men and five women, at Reading Coroner's Court, dog handler PC Staley was said to have acted heroically in the immediate aftermath of the crash, rushing from his damaged vehicle to check on the occupants of the wrecked Micra.
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After ensuring his police dog was unharmed, he opened the rear door of the white Nissan and comforted and reassured the women as they sat injured and dying.
Police and paramedics arrived shortly after, he told the coroner.
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Assistant Berkshire coroner Alison McCormick said medical examinations revealed both women died of blunt force trauma to the chest...
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