West London police officer sentenced after causing death by careless driving

A serving west London police officer has been sentenced after being found guilty of causing death by careless driving, following a collision on Whitton Road, Hounslow in November 2019 in which a pedestrian died.

PC Daniel Francis, 33, attached to the West Area Command Unit, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 7 December. He was sentenced on Friday, 4 February at the Old Bailey to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work, 20 days rehabilitation activity, and given a four-month electronic curfew. He was suspended from driving for 18 months and will be required to take an extended test.

The matter was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who carried out an independent investigation. PC Francis was charged following a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Image above: Whitton Road

PC Francis remains as a serving police officer

The victim, 23 year-old Andrew Brown, died from his injures in hospital after being hit by a police vehicle on a zebra crossing. A 16-year-old boy was also injured in the incident.

The incident occurred around midnight on 1 November 2019 in Whitton Road, Hounslow as PC Francis, who was driving a marked police vehicle, accelerated after a car from which a firework had been thrown.

The Metropolitan Police said their thoughts were with the family and friends of the victim and that they have co-operated fully with the IOPC at every stage.

PC Francis remains subject to a misconduct investigation and is currently on restricted duties, having not been suspended or sacked.

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