26-year-old pregnant fashion design prospect killed by police while driving more than three times the speed limit
A pregnant woman has died after being hit by a police car traveling three times the speed limit.
Luam Gebremariam, 26, was hit by the car with such force that it sliced ââoff his spine.
The mother-to-be had moved from Eritrea to the UK to “fulfill her dream” of becoming a fashion designer, but was killed after being run over by a police car which had been called for an “urgent report” “of someone who wanted to start a fight. .
The driver, Sergeant Martin Delisa, was responding to reports that someone was threatening to start a brawl at The Duke pub in east London when he hit Ms Gebremariam shortly after midnight on January 23, 2019, reports The Sun.
Because he was heading towards an incident deemed “urgent”, he was traveling at 60 mph in a 20 mph zone with his blue lights flashing.
He had seen a man crossing the street before he saw Miss Gebremariam on the road, by then it was too late and the car hit her.
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She was beaten with such force that she suffered an “internal decapitation”, according to the autopsy report.
Jonathan Collins, who crossed the road moments before the crash, said the officer driving must have dismounted because the car appeared to be some distance away.
Speaking during the Barking town hall investigation, he said: “A man was shouting something like ‘you killed her, you were driving way too fast” and the officer replied something like “no, I wasn’t”.
“It was like they had had a little confrontation, although I thought it was quite strange.
“Afterward, the officer seemed to walk the road a bit as if he was panicking.”
The investigation learned that Sgt Delisa was legally authorized to exceed the speed limit while responding to an incident.
Asked by East London Coroner Graeme Irvine if he thought he could have done something to avoid the crash, Sergeant Delisa replied no.
He described how he saw Mr. Collins “storming across the road” then “followed his path with his head to make sure he was safe”.
Speaking during the investigation, Sergeant Delisa added: âAs I pulled my head back, that’s when I saw her.
“She was up front, my vision was completely obscured and she was looking at me directly through the windshield.”
Dean Brown, of the Independent Office for Police Conduct, said Sergeant Delisa was driving at a “reasonable and proportionate” speed given the urgent nature of the call.
PC Michael Seymour, a forensic crash investigator, told the hearing Miss Gebremariam would have been on the road less than a second before the crash happened.
“Its reaction time was between a tenth of a second and a second after Miss Gebremariam entered the road, certainly within the time frame we would expect from an alert driver,” added PC Seymour.
“Due to the distance and the time available, there was nothing he could do to avoid this collision.
“It should be noted, however, that if Miss Gebremariam had stayed on the sidewalk and waited for the car to pass or used the crosswalk, the collision would not have occurred.”
After hearing the testimony, the jury returned a verdict of death by “traffic accident”.
Miss Gebremariam, an Eritrean refugee, had passed through Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya before crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach the United Kingdom, where she dreamed of pursuing a career in fashion, her brother Kassa Habteab told the ‘investigation.
He described his sister, the youngest of four, as “the most beloved of the family” and said she had gone through “a lot of hardship” to come to the UK and “make her dream come true”.
âShe grew up in Ethiopia and was active, bright and entertained the family,â Habteab added.
âShe was excellent in her school and always studied hard. She was interested in the world of fashion but couldn’t have the chance to develop her interest with education because there was none.
“She was eager to help the family, as I had been the sole source of income since the death of the eldest child.”