Man dies in Bath after ‘erratic driving’ involving multiple crashes on Wellsway
A man has died in hospital after reporting he was driving ‘erratically’ and crashed into vehicles in Bath. Police say members of the public blocked the van and smashed its window to take the ignition keys, following a series of collisions yesterday afternoon (Friday June 17).
The driver was arrested but officers became concerned for his well-being and he was taken to hospital. Avon and Somerset Police say he died overnight at the Royal United Hospital.
A mandatory referral will be made to the police watchdog, depending on the force. Detectives have now appealed for witnesses or anyone who may have footage.
A police spokesman said: “Shortly after 3.30pm we began receiving calls from members of the public about a van being driven erratically and colliding with other vehicles before coming to a stop. on Wellsway Members of the public blocked the van, a Ford Transit, with their vehicles before breaking its window and taking the keys to the ignition.
“The driver was later arrested by officers who then called an ambulance after becoming concerned for his well-being. The man was taken to Royal United Hospital in Bath but sadly died overnight.
“His next of kin has been notified and will be cared for by a specially trained family liaison officer. A forensic autopsy will now take place to determine how the man died.”
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has been made aware of the incident and due to the circumstances, depending on the force, and a mandatory referral will be made to them in due course.
Detective Inspector Keith Smith said: ‘At this early stage of our investigation, it is currently unknown what happened and what led to the man’s death. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time and we will investigate thoroughly to provide them with the answers they deserve.
DI Smith added: ‘While officers have spoken to a number of people at the scene, we believe there are others who witnessed the incident with whom we wish to speak. We would also love to hear from anyone who drove on Wellsway, Churchill Bridge or Lower Bristol Road yesterday afternoon and has dashcam footage of the incident, as well as anyone who captured it on their phone or private video surveillance.
“Similarly, if your vehicle or property has been damaged, please let us know.” Police have asked anyone who can help to call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222143789, or complete the online force call form.
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