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Driver admits killing police staff member and failing to stop

Leicestershire LTSO Darcy Reid had passed her police officer assessment and was waiting to start her career as a PC

On Saturday 3 July 2021, Leicestershire Local Support Team Officer Darcy Reid was driving on an A-road close to Braunstone Park, Leicester.

Connor Wilsher was attempting to overtake on a bend when he hit Darcy Reid’s car head on.

The 23-year-old staff officer sustained multiple injuries as a result of the collision and died in hospital a few weeks later.

Wilsher left the scene of the incident before the police arrived- he was arrested a short time later.

Following an investigation by the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit – 21-year-old Wilsher was charged with the two offences to which he has now pleaded guilty.

He is due to be sentenced on November 4.

Detective Sergeant Ed Des-Chanelle, from the SCIU, said: “Wilsher attempted to make a dangerous manoeuvre on a busy road which resulted in the death of Darcy.

“After the collision occurred he also left the scene and was located by police when he presented himself at hospital for treatment. I am pleased he has now taken responsibility for his actions that day and has spared Darcy’s family and friends the pain of having to relive the events in court.”

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable David Sandall said: “Darcy was a popular member of our team. She worked as a LSTO at Keyham Lane station but before her tragic death she had also recently passed her police officer assessment and was waiting a start date to begin her career as a PC.

“Her death has affected so many people across the force and we continue to offer support to her colleagues, as well as her family, who have been supported by a dedicated family liaison officer throughout the investigation.

“Nothing will bring Darcy back but I hope today’s admission in court will allow her family and all who knew her to be able to move forward and remember the happy times they shared with her.”

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