Jennifer Wright acts for Avon and Somerset Police in Conner Palmer inquest

13 December 2022

A jury sitting at Wells Town Hall has returned a conclusion of death by misadventure, finding that Mr Palmer died as a result of the catastrophic injuries he suffered when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving after failing to stop for the police.

The jury heard evidence from an occupant in the vehicle, police witnesses, paramedics, and the collision investigator. They examined the circumstances in which the vehicle came to the attention of the police, the actions of the officers who followed the vehicle, the management of the incident in the control room, and the medical treatment provided to Mr Palmer following the collision. Having heard the evidence, the Coroner directed the jury that the actions of the officers involved were not causative of Mr Palmer’s death. The care provided by medical professionals both at the scene and on Mr Palmer’s arrival in hospital was determined to be both timely and appropriate, but sadly was not capable of saving him, given the severity of his injuries.

Jennifer has experience acting in a range of inquests and inquiries, including for the police, public bodies, and as junior counsel to the inquest.

 


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