Police Officer Involved in Fatal Brentford Collision Exonerated

Independent investigation concludes force policies were adhered to

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An investigation into the circumstances of a death of a man in Brentford after he was hit by a police car has exonerated the officer involved.

39-year-ol Pawel Krowiak, who worked as a builder, was killed when he stepped in front of a vehicle being driven at 73mph by PC Christian Inglese who was responding to domestic violence incident on 13 June 2020 at about 4pm.

Mr Krowiak was thrown into the air and landed in the central reservation near the junction with Boston Manor Road. The BMW car, which had been in Chiswick before receiving a call to go to Hounslow, had blue lights flashing and the siren was in use.

PC Inglese stopped the car and, along with his colleague, attempted to save the life of Mr Krowiak. Additional assistance was given by a passing doctor and an ambulance and a London Air Ambulance helicopter were called but Mr Krowiak was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest at West London Coroner’s Court last month was told that Mr Krowiak had a significant amount of alcohol in his bloodstream at the time of his death.

The jury concluded that the cause of death was death by road traffic collision and now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has published the report into its investigation into the incident which was presented at the inquest. IOPC investigators attended the scene of the collision, the police post incident procedure, the post-mortem examination, and oversaw the forensic vehicle examination. In addition they obtained and analysed CCTV, police radio transmissions, and body-worn video footage. Witness statements were taken from members of public, police officers, and medical professionals.

It concluded that, although the car was being driven well in excess of the speed limit, given the circumstances, there was no contravention of Metropolitan Police or national policing policies.

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said, “My sympathies are with Mr Krowiak’s family and friends and all those affected by his death. Our investigation found that the police driver, who was appropriately-trained, was driving in accordance with force and national policies when the collision happened.

“As well as providing independent scrutiny, our investigation has also helped to inform the inquest proceedings and, I hope, given some answers to Mr Krowiak’s family about the tragic circumstances in which he died.”

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August 9, 2022

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