Sudbury: No prosecutions in ambulance crash case

AN investigation into a collision between an ambulance and a car, which left a 68-year-old woman fighting for her life, has been concluded with no prosecutions.

Police confirmed no arrests had been made in connection to the incident, which occurred on Melford Road, Sudbury, last April.

Beverly Richardson, now 69, who is secretary of the East Anglian District of the Methodist Church, sustained severe head, chest and internal injuries as a result of the crash.

The impact of the accident shunted Mrs Richardson’s car more than 200ft down the road into an electricity pole and left her with a list of critical injuries including lacerations to the scalp, bleeding in the brain, a broken collarbone and shoulder blade, seven fractured ribs, a burst lung and a lacerated liver. She was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and spent nearly two months in hospital care.

The ambulance crew, who were on their way to a 999 call at the time, escaped injury.

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Last night, a spokesman for Suffolk police serious collision investigation unit, said: “A full investigation has been carried out and there is not going to be any prosecution made against anyone involved in the collision.”

Mrs Richardson’s husband Philip, who has described his wife’s recovery in the months following her ordeal as “miraculous”, said: “The Crime Prosecution Service has said it is not going to pursue a case against the ambulance trust, but the matter is under review by Beverly’s legal advisers.

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“She has made quite a good recovery but she still has vision problems and these are being dealt with by her consultant.”

Mrs Richardson has expressed deep gratitude to the East Anglian Air Ambulance service. She believes her life was saved by the flying doctors and she hopes to set up a reunion meeting with the team who attended to her later this month.

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