Independent Investigation Launched into Fatal Crash on M25 Involving Police Pursuit

An independent investigation has been launched into the actions of police officers involved in a fatal crash on the M25 that claimed the life of motorcyclist Andrina Everett.

The incident occurred on Sunday (April 14) when a car being chased by police collided with Everett’s motorcycle on the highway near the Dartford Crossing. Despite the efforts of paramedics and Essex Police, Everett tragically passed away at the scene.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) was notified by Kent Police and has since launched an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash. Investigators are currently gathering and reviewing evidence, including dashcam and body-worn footage.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 11:38pm when two police officers attempted to stop a grey Range Rover for speeding. The officers turned on their sirens, but the driver did not stop, leading to a pursuit through the Dartford tunnel.

At around 11:41pm, the Range Rover collided with Everett’s motorcycle, resulting in her death. The driver and passenger of the car, both 18-year-olds from Essex, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and have been released on bail until July 8.

In a statement, IOPC regional director Mel Palmer expressed condolences to Everett’s family and friends, stating that an independent investigation is necessary to determine the actions and decision-making of the officers involved in the pursuit.

The investigation will not interfere with Essex Police’s criminal investigation into the collision, and the IOPC will provide regular updates to those involved. The roundabout where the crash occurred was closed for approximately 10 hours before reopening on Monday morning.

Everett’s fiancĂ©e, William Critchell, has set up a fundraising page in her memory, describing her as a loving person and a devoted family member and friend who loved riding her motorbike. The tragic accident has left her loved ones devastated and mourning her loss.

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