Dundee woman voices anger at po­lice over hit-an­drun or­deal.

Dundee: In­juries mean crash vic­tim had to give up dream of nurs­ing ca­reer

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAKE KEITH jkeith@the­courier.co.uk

“I was given a few up­dates like this but then sud­denly they got in touch to say there is not enough ev­i­dence to take the per­son to court. EMILY-SCAR­LETT FORBES

A young Dundee woman has spo­ken of her frustration af­ter a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a hit-and-run which left her with se­vere back in­juries col­lapsed.

Emily-Scar­lett Forbes, 20, was in­volved in a two-car col­li­sion in Dundee on Au­gust 18 last year with the driver of the other ve­hi­cle sus­pected of speed­ing.

She said po­lice pin­pointed the sus­pect but could not make con­tact – with the case even­tu­ally be­ing closed due to “in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence”.

Her in­juries mean she can no longer pur­sue a ca­reer as a nurse and the in­ci­dent has left her too anx­ious to drive again.

She has now crit­i­cised the po­lice for what she called a “lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion” through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Emily-Scar­lett said: “I was never kept in the loop. I didn’t feel the com­mu­ni­ca­tion was that great.

“I com­plained about it and that’s when they told me they had fin­ger­prints and CCTV ev­i­dence.

“I was given a few up­dates like this but then sud­denly they got in touch to say there is not enough ev­i­dence to take the per­son to court.

“I be­lieve they never man­aged to ac­tu­ally speak to the sus­pect.”

The ac­ci­dent wrote Emily-Scar­lett’s car off and her in­juries meant she had to take seven weeks off work.

At the time of the ac­ci­dent she was study­ing to be­come a nurse but she now works in a call cen­tre.

She said: “It has af­fected me a lot. “I can’t work as a care home nurse now be­cause of the prob­lems with my back. I was in the mid­dle of com­plet­ing my SVQ.

“I wouldn’t be able to move an el­derly per­son if needed to be­cause I could in­jure my­self.

“I do want to drive again but I am re­ally ner­vous about it.

“It left me out of pocket too be­cause I was off work for seven weeks and the job I have now doesn’t pay as well as if I had man­aged to com­plete my qual­i­fi­ca­tion and get a job as a nurse.”

A spokesper­son for the Tay­side Divi­sion of Po­lice Scot­land said: “Fol­low­ing a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a road traf­fic in­ci­dent in Au­gust 2017, there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to pro­ceed fur­ther.

“On those oc­ca­sions where peo­ple feel that our ser­vice has fallen short of their ex­pec­ta­tions, or the stan­dards that the pub­lic de­serve, it is right that they make us aware of their dis­sat­is­fac­tion.”

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

Emily-Scar­lett Forbes crit­i­cised the po­lice for a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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