Tree crash Wiltshire Pc 'died accidentally'

Pc Dan Cooper
Image caption The trained driver was responding to an emergency call at the time.

An inquest into the death of a 22-year-old policeman from Wiltshire who died when his patrol car hit a tree has ruled he died accidentally.

Pc Dan Cooper was responding to an emergency call near Bradford-on-Avon on 1 February when his car left the road.

The inquest at Trowbridge was told a combination of circumstances were likely to have caused the police car he was driving to leave the road.

Speaking afterwards his family said the exact cause would remain a mystery.

"What we do know is that Dan was doing his utmost to go to the aid of a colleague who was in serious trouble.

"Dan paid the ultimate price for his selfless dedication to duty."

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