Dangerous driver faces jail for killing PC Andy Duncan in hit and run
A driver has admitted causing the death of police officer Andrew Duncan in a hit and run in Sutton earlier this year.
Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody, of Holland Road in South Norwood was driving at more than 80mph in Reigate Avenue, Rosehill, when he knocked down PC Duncan in the early hours of Friday, September 20.
PC Duncan on a trip to New York
Bromige, 25, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured, causing death while unlicensed, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident at Kingston Crown Court this morning.
East Molesey man PC Duncan was carrying out a routine traffic operation in Reigate Avenue when he and his colleagues spotted a black Volkswagen Golf driving at speed. PC Duncan tried to stop the car, being driven by Bromige, but it drove into him, catapulting him 30 metres along the road.
The scene in Reigate Avenue after the collision
Married father-of-two PC Duncan, who had been a police officer since 1990, was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries on Sunday, September 22.
After hitting PC Duncan, Bromige sped off in the direction of the Rosehill roundabout. The car was found abandoned in Hyde Walk later that morning. Bromige was arrested after handing himself in at Wandsworth Police station on September 20.
He appeared in front of Croydon magistrates on Monday, September 23. The court heard Bromige phone his dad after the collision and said: "Oh s*** I have done it now, I have hit a copper."
Following Bromige's guilty plea, Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane said: "On the night of September 20, 2013, Bromige who was not legally permitted to drive, was doing so dangerously, recklessly and his actions led to the tragic death of PC Andy Duncan.
"He callously failed to stop leaving a critically injured officer at the scene.
"Andy’s death has had a profound effect on his family, friends and colleagues and Bromige now faces a jail sentence to reflect on the devastation that he has caused."
PC Duncan, who had a son and a daughter, joined the Metropolitan police in 1990 and was posted to Battersea. Six years later he transferred to the South-West Territorial Support Group where he served for almost seven years before moving to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough. In 2004 he was transferred to a traffic unit covering south-west London and operating from a base in Merton.
Officers at PC Duncan's funeral
A funeral was held for PC Duncan in East Molesey on October 11. The funeral cortège was escorted to St Mary's Church by police outriders from PC Duncan's unit and uniformed police officers provided a guard of honour as the coffin was carried into the church. Among the guests at the funeral were London Mayor Boris Johnson and Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Horgan-Howe.
Bromige will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on February 7. Four other men and a woman who were arrested in connection with the incident have not been charged with any offences.
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