The dad of a young woman killed when a police car crashed into her has called for answers.
Jade Mutua was just 22 years old when she was tragically killed by a Metropolitan police car travelling at 64mph in a 30mph zone, in Kensington on August 13, 2019.
Now as a three day juried inquest opens into her death her father Jermaine Laxmidas has asked for a ‘proper explanation’ about what happened to his ‘bright and beautiful’ daughter.
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Jermaine said: “ My daughter’s innocent life was tragically and violently ended. I still haven’t had a proper explanation about what happened.
“It has been a long time and I don’t have any answers. I believe facts about what happened that night are being hidden.”
Jade was waiting for a friend when she was hit by the marked police car on Warwick Road, Kensington.
She was taken to hospital and placed on life support but sadly died two days later.
Jade was training to be a social worker because she wanted to help disadvantaged children.
Her dad has set up a charity in Jade’s honour, The Jade Mutua Foundation Trust, which provides help to disadvantaged young people living in London, allowing them to access education, training and employment opportunities.
Her family are desperate to find out what emergency the police officer had been heading towards, as well as the circumstances leading up to the crash.
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A pre-inquest review on April 6, 2021 at Westminster Coroner’s Court heard PC Gary Watkinson was driving the police car, which was travelling at 64mph in a 30mph zone in Warwick Road, Kensington.
At the time Assistant Coroner Bernard Richmond QC said: “If somebody is driving 64 in a 30 that calls for an explanation as to why they were driving double the limit.
“The reason I have to do this is I have to look at potential avenues of finding and not actual finding. So there will be a jury.”
Friends and family have previously paid tribute to the social work student, who grew up in Kentish Town and was living in West Hampstead before she died.
Jade’s step-mum Mina Agyepong said at the time: “She was a beautiful, fun loving 22-year-old who had her whole life ahead of her. All her family are devastated.
“We’re absolutely heartbroken Jade has gone.”
A three day inquest into Jade’s death will open at 10am on July 19, 2021 at West London Coroner’s Court before HM Assistant Coroner Bernard Richmond Q.C.
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