The heartbroken family of a “much-loved” and “remarkable” jogger who was hit and killed by a police car have paid tribute to her.
Kimberley Cameron was struck at a pedestrian crossing as the two officers in the marked Thames Valley Police car, using blue lights and a siren, responded to a “serious” collision involving three vehicles.
The 27-year-old died at the scene on the A41 road, where the crossing is controlled by traffic lights, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, at about 6pm on Friday.
The fatal collision is being investigated by the police watchdog, the Independent Office of Police Conduct.
In a touching tribute, Ms Cameron’s devastated family thanked those who “tried to save and comfort Kimberley” in her final moments, as they described her as someone whose “smile lit up every room she entered”.
“Kimberly was a very much loved daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece. She was a truly remarkable, independent young woman,” they said.
“Despite having Type 1 diabetes, she lived every day to the full and never let it define who she was.
“She was a passionate cyclist and runner who aspired to be a role model to all diabetics by pushing and challenging her physical limits daily.
“Kimberly was always positive, full of joy and her smile lit up every room she entered.
“She touched many hearts and will be truly missed by her family, friends and work colleagues.
“We are incredibly proud of the woman she became.”
The family added: “On behalf of all of the family we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of the emergency services, doctors and members of the public who tried to save and comfort Kimberley in the moments before she passed away.
“It is a comfort to know that she was not alone.”
Flowers have been left at the scene of the collision.
One tribute to the dedicated runner and cyclist said: “Wherever you are we hope it is smooth Tarmac, rolling hills and a tailwind.”
Another added: “You always gave us five minutes of your time, no matter what.”
The tragic incident has been referred by Thames Valley Police to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is investigating what happened in the moments leading up to the collision.
A spokesman for the IOPC said: “We have begun an independent investigation into an incident near Aylesbury in which a woman has died after being struck by a police vehicle.
“The incident happened at around 5.50pm on Friday (16 April) on the A41 Bicester Road between Paradise Orchard and Jackson Road.
“Sadly, the 27-year-old woman pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The double-crewed, marked police car was responding to a serious road traffic incident which had happened minutes before in Waddesdon.
“After being notified by Thames Valley Police we sent investigators to the scene and to the police post-incident procedure to begin our enquiries.
“We will be contacting the woman’s family, to whom we offer our condolences, to explain our role and the investigation.”
Gold Commander for Thames Valley Police, Chief Superintendent Tim Metcalfe, said previously: “This is a tragic incident and my colleagues and I are keenly aware of the shock and impact for the woman’s family and friends.
“We are thinking of them all at this difficult time.
“Her family are being supported by specially trained officers, and we would ask for their privacy to be respected.
“Our officers, who were responding to the Waddesdon incident, are understandably distressed that this happened while they were carrying out their duties as police officers, going to the aid of others.
“It is too early to speculate on the cause of the collision but we have made a mandatory referral to the IOPC, and they will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances.
“Thames Valley Police is fully cooperating with this investigation and will continue to do so, and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
Three people were seriously injured in the earlier crash.
That crash, involving a light blue Audi A6, a silver Ford Focus and a silver Ford C Max, occurred on the A41 at Fleet Marston between Aylesbury and Waddesdon.
“It was reported that the Ford Focus, travelling westbound, took evasive action, and was in collision with the Audi before colliding head-on with the Ford C Max which was travelling in the opposite direction,” a police spokesperson said.
“Three occupants in the Focus suffered serious injuries, with a 55-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman being taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where they all remain in a serious, but stable condition.”
“A nine-year-old boy suffered less serious injuries and was treated at the Stoke Mandeville hospital.
“Three occupants in the C Max suffered minor injuries and were treated in hospital, while the driver of the Audi was unhurt.”
Investigating officer PC Richard Martin of the Roads Policing Unit based at Amersham, said on Sunday: “This was an extremely serious collision and as a result, three people have suffered significant injuries and remain in the John Radcliffe Hospital.
“I am appealing to anybody who was in the area and witnessed this collision to please contact 101, quoting reference number 43210160915.
“I would also like to hear from anybody who may have dash-cam footage of this collision to please get in touch with the force.
“You can also make a report online, or for 100% anonymity, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Nobody has been arrested, but investigations are in the early stages and continue at this time.”