Woman pedestrian hit by police van in Bideford is "critical but stable"
A woman who was seriously injured after being hit by a marked police van in Bideford has made a “slight improvement” in hospital, police confirmed today.
The 28-year-old pedestrian suffered life-threatening head injuries in the collision, which occurred on New Road, Bideford, near Longbridge Wharf, on the evening of March 6.
At first she was taken to North Devon District Hospital by ambulance but she was later airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
Devon and Cornwall Police today said her condition had improved but said she remains in a critical but stable” condition in hospital.
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The driver of the police vehicle, a serving officer, was uninjured in the collision. He has been suspended from driving pending the outcome of a police investigation.
Chief Inspector Toby Davies said: “Our thoughts are with the injured woman and her family.
“Obviously we wish her the best and hope she gets better”
He also said the driver, who was suspended as a matter of routine, was “understandably upset” about the incident.
The incident was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), but has since been handed back to Devon and Cornwall Police to deal with.
Officers from the serious collisions investigation are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them on 101, quoting log 738 of 6 March 2013.