Accident was avoidable according to investigators

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A report by an independent body investigating the accident which cost a Carnoustie man his leg have highlighted failings by Police.

The inquiry by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) found fault with the police management and response to various incidents leading up to and following the accident which maimed Greig Yorke (39).

In the early hours of Sunday, June 2, 2013, Mr Yorke was returning to his home in Carnoustie on foot along the A92 near Arbroath after an evening of drinking with friends.

He was struck by a car causing serious injuries and resulting in the lower part of his left leg being severed. Given the extent and nature of the injury the limb could not be reattached.

Prior to the accident Mr Yorke had contact with Police Scotland officers on a number of occasions and had the opportunities which presented themselves been taken to ensure his wellbeing the accident may not have occurred.

The overall management and response by police to the various incidents was referred to the PIRC for independent investigation.

PIRC investigators interviewed the man and other witnesses, obtained and examined statements from police officers, listened to audio recordings, examined medical, police command and control and other records and visited the scene.

The report concluded that there were clear failings in the police handling, recording and linking of calls prior to the accident and that opportunities were presented to take action which potentially could have prevented the accident.

Investigators recommended that Police Scotland investigate the actions of some of its officers involved and should emphasise to staff that preservation of life by rendering emergency assistance must always be a primary concern of the police.

A full report on the PIRC investigation and its findings has been provided to Police Scotland.