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PC Gareth Browning dies three years after Whitley crash

PC Gareth Browning Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption PC Browning, who was medically retired following the crash, died on Saturday aged 36

An officer who was hit by a stolen car as he tried to stop it getting away has died from his injuries more than three years later, police said.

PC Gareth Browning was on foot in Whitley, Reading, in November 2013 when he was hit by a black Mazda driven by Luke Hayward.

Hayward was jailed for nine years in 2014 for causing grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

PC Browning, who was medically retired, died on Saturday aged 36.

Image copyright Thames valley Police
Image caption Hayward was jailed for nine years for causing grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving

Thames Valley Police said following PC Browning's death it would liaise with the coroner and Crown Prosecution Service.

Chief Constable Francis Habgood described his former officer as "hugely respected".

He said he had needed "constant care" following the crash.

"Our thoughts are with Gareth's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time," he added.

"We continue to support Gareth's family as well as staff and officers who have been affected."

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