Man admits causing PC Andrew Duncan's death by dangerous driving

Gary Cody
Image caption Gary Cody was driving at over 80mph when he hit PC Duncan, police said

A man has admitted causing the death of a London police officer by dangerous driving.

PC Andrew Duncan, 47, was hit by a car in Sutton as he was checking vehicle speeds in September.

Gary Cody, of South Norwood, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, driving while unlicensed, unqualified or uninsured, failure to stop and failure to report an accident.

The 25-year-old will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on 7 February.

Police said Mr Duncan had been working on a speed enforcement operation with a colleague on 20 September in Reigate Avenue, when they noticed a black VW Golf speeding.

He signalled to the driver to pull over, but was hit by the car.

The father-of-two was thrown about 30m (100ft) and investigators estimated Cody had been driving at more than 80mph (125km/h).

'Profound effect'

Mr Duncan was taken to hospital but died later of multiple injuries.

The PC's funeral was attended by Home Secretary Theresa May and the London mayor Boris Johnson.

Image caption PC Duncan's funeral was attended by Theresa May and Boris Johnson

Speaking after sentencing, Det Chief Insp John McFarlane said Cody, who is also known as Gary Bromige, had not been legally permitted to drive and was doing so "dangerously" and "recklessly".

"He callously failed to stop leaving a critically injured officer at the scene," he said.

"Andy's death has had a profound effect on his family, friends and colleagues.

"Cody now faces a jail sentence to reflect on the devastation that he has caused."

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