Dangerous driver faces jail for killing PC Andy Duncan in hit and run

Wimbledon Guardian: Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody

A driver has admitted causing the death of police officer Andrew Duncan in a hit and run in Sutton earlier this year.

Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody, of Holland Road in South Norwood was driving at more than 80mph in Reigate Avenue, Rosehill, when he knocked down PC Duncan in the early hours of Friday, September 20.

Wimbledon Guardian:

PC Duncan on a trip to New York

Bromige, 25, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured, causing death while unlicensed, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident at Kingston Crown Court this morning.

East Molesey man PC Duncan was carrying out a routine traffic operation in Reigate Avenue when he and his colleagues spotted a black Volkswagen Golf driving at speed. PC Duncan tried to stop the car, being driven by Bromige, but it drove into him, catapulting him 30 metres along the road.

Wimbledon Guardian: PC Andy Duncan was struck by a Black VW Golf on Reigate Avenue near to the junction of Rosehill in Sutton

The scene in Reigate Avenue after the collision

Married father-of-two PC Duncan, who had been a police officer since 1990, was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries on Sunday, September 22.

After hitting PC Duncan, Bromige sped off in the direction of the Rosehill roundabout. The car was found abandoned in Hyde Walk later that morning. Bromige was arrested after handing himself in at Wandsworth Police station on September 20.

He appeared in front of Croydon magistrates on Monday, September 23. The court heard Bromige phone his dad after the collision and said: "Oh s*** I have done it now, I have hit a copper."

Following Bromige's guilty plea, Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane said: "On the night of September 20, 2013, Bromige who was not legally permitted to drive, was doing so dangerously, recklessly and his actions led to the tragic death of PC Andy Duncan.

"He callously failed to stop leaving a critically injured officer at the scene.

"Andy’s death has had a profound effect on his family, friends and colleagues and Bromige now faces a jail sentence to reflect on the devastation that he has caused."

PC Duncan, who had a son and a daughter, joined the Metropolitan police in 1990 and was posted to Battersea. Six years later he transferred to the South-West Territorial Support Group where he served for almost seven years before moving to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough. In 2004 he was transferred to a traffic unit covering south-west London and operating from a base in Merton.

Wimbledon Guardian: Mourned: PC Andy Duncan died in the line of duty

Officers at PC Duncan's funeral

A funeral was held for PC Duncan in East Molesey on October 11. The funeral cortège was escorted to St Mary's Church by police outriders from PC Duncan's unit and uniformed police officers provided a guard of honour as the coffin was carried into the church. Among the guests at the funeral were London Mayor Boris Johnson and Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Horgan-Howe.

Bromige will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on February 7. Four other men and a woman who were arrested in connection with the incident have not been charged with any offences.

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12:41pm Fri 20 Dec 13

mr-bjp says...

Let's hope it's a VERY LONG sentence.
Let's hope it's a VERY LONG sentence. mr-bjp

3:46pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Belmont_Lady_49 says...

This 'man' deserves a life sentence! And life SHOULD mean life, not 15 years thank you very much!
This 'man' deserves a life sentence! And life SHOULD mean life, not 15 years thank you very much! Belmont_Lady_49

12:32pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

What on earth did he think he was doing driving like that when banned too?
What on earth did he think he was doing driving like that when banned too? Michael Pantlin

1:09am Sun 22 Dec 13

dmw-10 says...

Speeding (double the limit on that road), no license, no insurance, NO CONSCIENCE!! This guy mowed an officer down, throwing him 30 feet from impact, and carried on driving?!

He's left two young children without their daddy, and a wife without a husband. I really do hope they get the sentencing right for once.
Speeding (double the limit on that road), no license, no insurance, NO CONSCIENCE!! This guy mowed an officer down, throwing him 30 feet from impact, and carried on driving?! He's left two young children without their daddy, and a wife without a husband. I really do hope they get the sentencing right for once. dmw-10

8:10am Sun 22 Dec 13

Binsanity says...

The fact he hit the officer and left the scene without a shred of concern for his condition is unforgivable. If he could not have saved the officer he could at least have consoled him. Rotten to the core.....
My problem with this tragedy is why did the officer step out in poor light and try to stop a seriously speeding vehicle.
The fact he hit the officer and left the scene without a shred of concern for his condition is unforgivable. If he could not have saved the officer he could at least have consoled him. Rotten to the core..... My problem with this tragedy is why did the officer step out in poor light and try to stop a seriously speeding vehicle. Binsanity

10:32pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Snork says...

He tried to stop a seriously speeding vehicle from injuring or killing someone else and in doing so put his own life on the line. Something our police officers do every day. What a stupid question.
He tried to stop a seriously speeding vehicle from injuring or killing someone else and in doing so put his own life on the line. Something our police officers do every day. What a stupid question. Snork

6:43am Mon 23 Dec 13

Binsanity says...

Snork wrote:
He tried to stop a seriously speeding vehicle from injuring or killing someone else and in doing so put his own life on the line. Something our police officers do every day. What a stupid question.
There is nothing stupid in my comment at all.
The police have measures and proceedures in place for dealing with this type of situation. They have expertly trained traffic officers, state of the art vehicles and a wealth of experience in these matters. Nobody doubts this officers bravery and commitment but I do doubt his judgement in stepping out, in poor light, in front of a vehicle doing approx 80mph. Have the cuts to police services not made the above proceedures and measures possible therefor the officer had no option but to try and physically stop this idiot, who knows.
[quote][p][bold]Snork[/bold] wrote: He tried to stop a seriously speeding vehicle from injuring or killing someone else and in doing so put his own life on the line. Something our police officers do every day. What a stupid question.[/p][/quote]There is nothing stupid in my comment at all. The police have measures and proceedures in place for dealing with this type of situation. They have expertly trained traffic officers, state of the art vehicles and a wealth of experience in these matters. Nobody doubts this officers bravery and commitment but I do doubt his judgement in stepping out, in poor light, in front of a vehicle doing approx 80mph. Have the cuts to police services not made the above proceedures and measures possible therefor the officer had no option but to try and physically stop this idiot, who knows. Binsanity

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