Woman pedestrian struck by police van in Bideford named locally as Helen Stevens
A woman who was seriously injured after being struck by a police van in Bideford has been named locally as Helen Stevens.
The 28-year-old pedestrian, who is from Bideford, suffered life-threatening head injuries in the collision which occurred on New Road, Bideford, near Longbridge Wharf, on March 6.
Police are yet to officially reveal her identity but she has been named locally as Helen Stevens.
It is understood she had dropped her car off at a local garage and was walking back into the town when she was struck by the police vehicle at around 7.20pm.
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Devon and Cornwall Police today said she remains in a “serious” condition in Derriford Hospital.
The force also said it was keen to speak to a potential witness in the form a driver of a small hatchback car which travelled along New Road, from the roundabout towards the old ATS garage, between 7.15pm and 7.20pm on the evening of the incident.
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.