Wiltshire police officers cleared after fatal M4 crash

Related Stories

Two Wiltshire police officers have been cleared following an investigation into a fatal crash on the M4.

Herbert Washington, 56, died after his motorbike crashed into a barrier at junction 16 in March 2013.

The officers were following him in a marked car, after recording him travelling at 95mph (153km/h).

The two officers had acted appropriately, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The watchdog concluded the officers were not in active pursuit of Mr Washington and were too far behind his motorbike to signal him to stop.

It did not identify any evidence of criminal behaviour or misconduct by the unnamed officers.

IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: "It is now over ten months since Mr Washington's death and I know his family and friends must still be coming to terms with their loss."

She added "any death on the roads is a tragedy" and it was important to "independently investigate this case to establish what happened in these very sad circumstances".

An inquest into Mr Washington's death at Salisbury Coroner's Court reached a conclusion of accidental death.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Wiltshire



Min. Night 0 °C


  • Kim Jong-ilKorean kidnap

    The film stars abducted by North Korea and forced to make movies

  • TabletFeeling flat

    Are tablets losing their appeal?

  • scarlett Johansson7 days quiz

    Did someone try to impersonate Scarlett on the red carpet?

  • Woman reading on subwayCover shots Watch

    The disappearing books of the New York city subway

  • llamasLlama drama

    Two unlikely fugitives go on the run in Arizona

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.