Police take 3 days to look for crashed car as woman lay next to dead boyfriend

Police take 3 days to look for crashed car as woman lay next to dead boyfriend
Published: 2015 July 10 08:19:02 (11556 Views)
The mother of 25-year-old crash victim Lamara Bell has condemned police for leaving her daughter lying with multiple fractures in a wrecked car in a ditch for three days.

As Lamara fought for her life in hospital, furious Diane Bell blamed the force for her critical condition.

"We are angry, devastated and disgusted," she told the Daily Record. "We want a full investigation."

Lamara, 25, was badly hurt and her boyfriend John Yuill, 28, was killed when their Renault Clio went off the M9 near Stirling on Sunday morning.

Police Scotland's Bilston Glen control room in Midlothian received a report on Sunday morning that a car had left the motorway.

But the force failed to follow it up. And Lamara lay beside John's body until Wednesday, when a local farmer found the wrecked Clio in a ditch by the side of the road.

Diane, of Camelon, Stirlingshire, said mum-of-two Lamara suffered multiple fractures including a broken arm, bleeding on the brain and lacerations to her back.

Medics put her in an induced coma soon after she was finally rescued.

Diane said the crash site was found at 9.50am on Wednesday and police rang her at work at 12.20pm.

"My daughter was left lying for three days in a ditch in a car," she added.

"If it wasn't for the farmer who found them, we don't know how long it would have been.

"It's a horrible thought. They keep saying John would have died on impact but we just don't know.

Police admitted on Wednesday that the Sunday call about the crash "was not followed up at the time".

Scotland's Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, Kate Frame, has begun an investigation to find out why.



Diane said Lamara drifted in and out of consciousness in the wreck.

She was so confused when firefighters reached her on Wednesday that she told them she had been trapped for about half an hour.

John and Lamara, who had been dating for a couple of months, crashed as they returned home from a camping trip to Loch Earn in Perthshire.

Because of the police failure to act on the Sunday morning call and find the wreck, John and Lamara's families were left with no idea what had happened to them.

Diane, who was babysitting Lamara's children, took them back to their mum's on Sunday and found no sign of her.

She said: "I just knew there was something wrong."

Diane reported Lamara missing on the Monday morning. Police made an appeal for information later that day, saying it was "totally out of character" for Lamara and John to disappear.

Two days later, the wrecked Clio was found by farmer Robert Findlay, whose brother Donald owns the land. He raised the alarm.

Diane said: "It's John's dad and family we really feel for. It must be a nightmare for them. Our thoughts are with them."

John's dad Gordon spoke to the Record about his loss, and the police failure, on Wednesday night.

He said: "It wouldn't have made any difference for John. His injuries were such that he died on impact.

"But I feel it may have made a difference for Lamara. My heart goes out to her family for that."

Lamara's father Andrew, who calls himself Ossie on social media, drove past the crash site on Sunday while she and John were in the wreck.

He said: "I went past the crash, not even 100 yards away from her. If anything happens, I've got to tell myself that."



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