A Labor MP, who died the tragic death of his daughter in a drive-through accident, has called for better victim support from the Home Office after the harrowing experience.
Bootle MP Peter Dowd said he will never come to terms with the death of his daughter, Jennifer, 31, who was killed in an incident near the Labor MP’s home in Merseyside in September 2020.
The NHS project manager was taken to hospital but died nine days later.
A driver admitted to causing her death by careless driving and failing to stop on the spot, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison in October 2021.
Dowd said he put pressure on the Department of the Interior to make sure crime victims get the help they need.
“I think it’s important to me that people who are in this situation, families who are in this situation, get all the support they can get, and that the prosecution is as sensitive as possible, that the police are as sensitive as they can be.” ,” he said.
“Recently I met with the Home Secretary to discuss victim support, to gain a voice among the many calls to parliamentary time and organizations, and to get the message across that people in these circumstances are all the time should be supported. the process.
“I think you’re starting to understand that it can be stressful in terms of the process because as much as the police want to help, they can only tell you so much.
“It’s one of those things that you don’t know the way forward, and it’s traumatic, and it affects you at different times and in different places.”
Dowd said he first realized something was wrong when his daughter’s wife called to say she was afraid she hadn’t come home from a bike ride.
“I immediately thought something had happened,” he said.
When he called the local hospital, he immediately said to “think the worst”.
When he left his house to go to the hospital, he found that the road had been closed and that the police were on the scene.
“What I heard that morning was the air ambulance, sirens, but I didn’t know Jennifer was a hundred yards down the road.”