Thames Valley Police “are not interested in Wokingham hit and run because no one is dead,” drivers say
Two drivers who escaped serious injuries in a hit and run crash on a twisty road that they called an “absolutely disgraceful act putting their lives in danger” said police were making no effort to find a driver of BMW because “no one is dead”.
Caregiver Tara Mangoti now faces a massive repair bill due to the driver’s actions on Barkham Ride, in Finchampstead, on Saturday 26 June.
His dashcam footage shows his car shaking after being hit from behind by the driver of a silver BMW who then accelerated.
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The footage shows the driver of a white van also appearing to flee after the crash.
But Thames Valley Police said they had “thoroughly investigated” the crash.
Dad Andy Lancaster, who was traveling the other way on the road near Wokingham with his 11 year old son in the car.
He said he saw the BMW driver attempting to pass three cars, but had to swerve to his side of the road to avoid hitting Andy’s car.
As a result, they hit the back of Tara’s car before pulling away.
Andy said: âIt was an absolutely disgraceful, life-threatening act that should be punished.
âWe have provided dashcam coverage, although so far I understand the BMW driver has not been identified.
âThis incident demonstrated an absolute disrespect for life or the responsibility of driving a car.
âIt could have resulted in a high speed head-on collision with the car I was driving and caused life-changing injuries or possibly even killed my 11-year-old son.
âIt strikes me because no one was seriously injured or killed in this incident that the police will not put in as much effort as they would if someone had died.
“Is this what it takes for a proper investigation?” “
“If he hadn’t hit Tara, I should have put my car in the hedge to prevent her from hitting us.”
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Andy also said he believed the make and model of the BMW could be traced, but police told him the company was unable to provide details to police due to the law on. data protection.
However, the auto production giant has said it is working closely with police after incidents like this.
A BMW spokesperson added: âWe receive hundreds of emails from law enforcement agencies a month and everyone gets a response.
âWhen a BMW is involved and subject to a police request, this is reviewed by our data privacy team. If the nature of the crime is serious enough and the data protection measures have been followed, we provide the relevant information to the police. “
Tara, 50, who lives in Romford in Essex and works in Wokingham as a full-time caregiver, said the damage to her Toyota Yaris likely amounted to thousands of pounds.
She said the insurance company was not going to pay because the other driver was not identified.
She said: “It was just awful, there was just this huge bang when they hit me and then I saw them go.
âI sometimes wake up feeling scared and feeling like I don’t want to drive anymore because of this.
“I don’t understand why the police weren’t doing more to try to catch this person – it was so dangerous.”
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said the incident had been “fully investigated” and was now over.
She said: “Thames Valley Police received a report of dangerous driving which occurred on June 26 on Barkham Ride, Finchampstead.
âSeveral avenues of inquiry have been established and thoroughly investigated and a full investigation into this report has been completed.
“He was sent for review before being filed.”
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