Former paramedic killed when ‘object’ struck ambulance windscreen as it raced to 999 callout
A 66-year-old ambulance man was killed after an object pierced the windscreen of his vehicle as he was responding to a 999 emergency call near Hereford.
Jeremy Daw, also known as Jack, was sitting in the passenger seat of the Mercedes ambulance when the object shot through the windscreen around 8am today.
Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, Mr Daw died. His colleague, who was driving the ambulance, was injured. He was released from hospital after receiving treatment.
Jeremy Daw, also known as Jack, was sitting in the passenger seat of the Mercedes ambulance when the object shot through the windscreen around 8am today
Mr Daw, pictured, died following the incident on the A49 near the village of Morton on Lugg near Hereford
An object pierced the windscreen of the ambulance near the village of Morton on Lugg near Hereford
West Mercia Police have launched an investigation into the cause of this morning’s incident and have appealed for drivers who were in the area to supply dash cam footage.
The incident happened on A49 near the village of Morton on Lugg near Hereford.
Following the incident, which is under full investigation, two further ambulance crews, paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Stensham rushed to the scene.
Two Mercia Accident Rescue Service doctors also attended the scene.
West Mercia Police said the ambulance was travelling towards Leominster at the time of the incident.
West Midlands Ambulance Service this afternoon confirmed the tragedy: ‘Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save our colleague, who was the front passenger, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
‘His crewmate, the driver, was also injured in the incident. He has received treatment at hospital and has subsequently been discharged.’
Road collision specialists examined the scene in an effort to determine what has happened
West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: ‘This is truly awful news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those involved at this very difficult time’
West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: ‘This is truly awful news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those involved at this very difficult time.
‘I am enormously proud of all the staff and the university students as part of their clinical placement that worked so hard and professionally to try to save our colleague. I am sorry that despite their best efforts, he could not be saved.’
West Mercia Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident or have dashcam footage to contact them on 101 quoting incident 00101i of 24 April.
Mr Daw’s daughter described her father as ‘my hero’, announcing his tragic death on Facebook.
Suzanne Wilkinson wrote on Facebook: ‘I read this story today and I prayed and prayed it wasn’t your lovely dad. I am just so devastated for you, your mum and Richard and all the family. I hope you’re all drawing strength and comfort from each other right now.
Another friend wrote: ‘Kate i am so sorry to hear your sad news. Your dad was a great man, always had time for everyone and had a big heart. A true hero.’