Scottish Police emergency vehicle (symbolic image)
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A woman and a man had a serious car accident in Scotland in the summer of 2015. When a farmer saw the car lying on the edge of the highway embankment, he alerted the police. But the officers did not respond to the call - and only came to the scene of the accident three days later after a second emergency call. By then the man was already dead. The woman was still alive at the time, but died a few days later in a hospital. She left behind two children, then five and ten years old.
Now, almost six years after the accident, the police have paid compensation.
The Guardian and the BBC, among others, report that the police paid the couple's children one million pounds (approx. 1.17 million euros), per child 500,000 pounds (approx. 587,000 euros).
A compensation claim by the family of the deceased woman had thus been settled.
The police only apologized to the bereaved last September.
At that time the High Court in Edinburgh had just imposed a fine of 100,000 pounds, or around 117,000 euros, in a criminal case.
The police had pleaded guilty that their neglect "contributed significantly to the death" of the woman.
The pain of the bereaved doesn't stop
A message from the dead woman's family said that the conclusion of the civil suit would mean the end of the “six years of searching for answers, recognition and justice”.
The pain of the loss will not stop, "but at least there is a feeling of peace."
The family has no daughter and sister, and the woman’s children have no mother.
The police had admitted in court that the system for receiving emergency calls was prone to errors between 2013 and 2016.
During the emergency call shortly after the couple's accident, a police officer failed to record the message in the IT system.
That led to the fact that the emergency services did not move out.