Experience

Pete Davey

Pete served as a Police Constable for over 17 years in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 12 of those were within the Road Traffic Unit.

He has been a specialist Road Accident Investigator since 2003 attending the scenes of hundreds of serious injury and fatal accidents. His expertise has resulted in the provision of expert evidence in Coroners, Magistrates, Crown and Civil Courts. He has received commendations from both Crown and Coroners Court.

He worked as one of the Constabulary’s six full time accident investigators until leaving the police service in 2013. Whilst working within the unit, Pete investigated many high profile collisions and was the collision investigator responsible for:

investigating the multiple fatal collision involving 34 vehicles that occurred on the M5 in November 2011. In addition to receiving a Chief Constables commendation for the ‘Outstanding attention to detail and expert evidence’, reviewing the file, the Senior Crown Prosecutor commented, ‘this is one of the finest reports I have ever seen in all my years prosecuting’.

investigating the cyclists killed on their Tandem bike in Bristol.
He is fully conversant with the Road Death Investigation Manual which governs police procedures and requirements in investigating fatal collisions.

He has lectured students on the subject of Accident Investigation on Forensic Investigators courses and is, by qualification and experience, a Full Member of both the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI) and of the Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists (MCSFS).

He has also been the Senior Collision Investigator within the unit and has mentored officers new to collision investigation. He has always sought to improve and develop the expertise and experience of officers and in so doing has organised training and testing days, which involved many aspects of Road Accident Investigation (critical speed analysis and measurement, motorcycle skid tests, tyre deflations, LGV skid testing) in order to achieve this.

He is trained to Class 1 Advanced level as a car driver which includes police pursuit procedures. Pete is also a motorcyclist.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University Certificate in Forensic Road Collision Investigation (De Montfort University)
  • BSc (Combined Sciences) First Class Honours
  • Full Member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI)
  • Full Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists (MCSFS)
  • Class 1 Police Advanced Driver
  • Police Pursuit (TPAC) Driver
  • AiDamage Computer Analysis of Impact Damage (Standard)
  • AiDamage Computer Analysis of Impact Damage (Advanced)
  • Vehicle Handling and Stability
  • Motorcycle Dynamics
  • Police Tyre course
  • Forensic CCTV Analysis
  • Forensic examination of light bulbs
  • City and Guilds level 2 Tachograph analysis (analogue and digital)
  • VASCAR Speed Detection Operators
  • Laser Speed Detection Operators
  • Traffic Patrol Officers Law and Practice
  • Riegl VZ400 3d Scanner (inc RiScan and Pointtools software)
  • Trimble surveying equipment
  • Roadside Breath Testing Equipment
  • Lion Intoximeter Station Procedure Testing Equipment
  • Investigative Interviewing Courses

Dave Loat

Dave has been engaged in the field of accident investigation for over 14 years.  He was the Senior Forensic Collision Investigator in the supervision and investigation of fatal road collisions with Avon & Somerset Constabulary, providing written and oral evidence and opinion to Crown Court, Coroners Court, Magistrates Court and Civil Court, being accepted as an expert witness. He is fully conversant with the Road Death Investigation Manual which governs police procedures and requirements in investigating fatal collisions.

He was the Senior Collision Investigator who led on the investigation of the circumstances of the largest scale, multiple fatal collision in the UK, on the M5 motorway at Taunton in November 2011 that involved 34 vehicles and 7 fatalities. He received a Chief Constables commendation for his ‘Outstanding management of the investigation’.

In 2014, he was nominated for the National Road Policing Award for Outstanding Contribution to Road Policing.

He has attended and examined the scenes of numerous road traffic accidents with associated reconstructions and investigations and holds a Professional Development Certificate in Forensic Accident Investigation awarded by the DeMontfort University. Dave has attended a City & Guilds Course of instruction in Police Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Techniques and is, by qualification and experience, a Full Member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators and of the Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists (MCSFS).

Qualifications and Experience

  • University Certificate in Forensic Road Collision Investigation (De Montfort University)
  • Standard level courses in Police Road Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Techniques (City and Guilds Board of Examination Certificate)
  • BSc (Hons) (Combined Sciences)
  • AI Damage (analysis, interpretation and calculation of speed from vehicle damage and vehicle interaction)
  • Road traffic law and procedures
  • Tyre Course (IMI)
  • Vehicle Handling & Dynamics (IMI)
  • Vehicle Handling & Stability (IMI)
  • Motor Cycle Examination (IMI)
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Scene surveying/ plan drawing and electronic terrain mapping systems
  • Digital Terrain Mapping & 3D Animation
  • National Investigative Interview Courses
  • Forensic Evidence Gathering
  • Forensic Examination of Vehicle Lightbulbs (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Class 1 Police Advanced driving certificates
  • Road Safety Audit (TMS)
  • Advanced Road Safety Audit (TMS)
  • Bond Solon Expert Witness Courtroom Skills
  • Bond Solon Expert Witness Excellence in Report Writing
  • ITAI / Nikon Forensic Photography
  • He has given presentations to national and regional conferences in accident investigation, including the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators and provided input and presentations to road safety groups including Brake and Road Peace.
  • He has attended seminars and presentations on various related topics including:
  • Vehicle Design Safety
  • Sleep related accidents
  • Seat Belts and Airbags
  • Pedestrian Impacts
  • Investigations into deaths at work
  • Motorcycle Collisions
  • Vehicle Occupant Biomechanics
  • Child deaths
  • Investigation of rail accidents
  • Investigation of aircraft accidents
  • He has advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on collision reconstruction and has conducted external reviews for other Police Forces on accident investigation.

 

Mark Stedman

Mark served as a Police Constable for over 22 years in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 19 of those were within the Road Traffic Unit.

He has been a specialist Road Accident Investigator since 2005 attending the scenes of hundreds of serious injury and fatal accidents.

His expertise has resulted in the provision of expert evidence in Coroners, Magistrates, Crown and Civil Courts. He has received commendations from both Crown and Coroners Court.

He worked as one of the Constabulary’s six full time accident investigators until leaving the police service in 2013.

He is fully conversant with the Road Death Investigation Manual which governs police procedures and requirements in investigating fatal collisions.

He has lectured students on the subject of Accident Investigation on Forensic Investigators courses and is, by qualification and experience, a Full Member of both the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI) and of the Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists (MCSFS).

He has also on occasion been the Senior Collision Investigator within the unit and has mentored officers new to collision investigation.

He is trained to Class 1 Advanced level as a car driver which includes police pursuit procedures. Mark also holds a class 1 LGV driving licence with CPC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University Certificate in Forensic Road Collision Investigation (De Montfort University)
  • BSc (Combined Sciences)
  • Full Member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI)
  • Full Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists (MCSFS)
  • Class 1 Police Advanced Driver
  • Police Pursuit (TPAC) Driver
  • AiDamage Computer Analysis of Impact Damage (Standard)
  • Vehicle Handling and Stability
  • Motorcycle Dynamics
  • Police Tyre course
  • Forensic examination of light bulbs
  • City and Guilds level 2 Tachograph analysis (analogue and digital)
  • VASCAR Speed Detection Operators
  • Laser Speed Detection Operators
  • Traffic Patrol Officers Law and Practice
  • Trimble surveying equipment
  • Roadside Breath Testing Equipment
  • Lion Intoximeter Station Procedure Testing Equipment
  • Investigative Interviewing Courses
  • City & Guilds.  Basic Engineering (General & Mechanical), Contractors Plant Mechanic (Engines & Hydraulics, Machines & Equipment).
  • Advanced Certificate for Contractors Plant Mechanic (Power Units & Associated Systems, Vehicle Systems & Vehicle Recovery).
  • LGV class 1

Barry Seward

Barry served 30 years in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary both as a Constable and Sergeant. He served as a Road Traffic Officer for twenty four years of that service.

He is trained to Class 1 Advanced level as both a Car Driver and Motorcyclist and has also received Advanced training in off-road motorcycling.

Barry has been a specialist Road Accident Investigator for 35 years attending the scenes of hundreds of serious injury and fatal accidents. His expertise has resulted in the provision of expert evidence in Coroners, Magistrates, Crown and Civil Courts. He has received commendations from both Crown Court and Coroners Court.

He commenced his role as an Accident Investigator in 1982 and was the first Officer in the City of Bristol to take a case before the Magistrates Court.

In 1984, he qualified as an Advanced Motorcyclist which led him to specialising in motorcycle accidents. Barry became a full time motorcyclist from 1989 to 1999 gaining vast experience in the handling and dynamics of motorcycles both at low and high speeds.

His training in off-road motorcycling gave him experience in the dynamics of motorcycle accidents after the loss of control occurs.

He took over responsibility for the force Accident Investigation Unit in the year 2000. At this time the Road Death Investigation Manual was published and is now used in all Forces in the UK. He was instrumental in the set up of the Force response to the manual and has an intimate knowledge of its content which includes police procedures, requirements and guidance.

As a result of this knowledge he lectured on Accident Investigation to courses including Senior Investigating Officers, Scene Managers and Family Liaison Officers. He also lectured on the subject to Traffic Patrol Officers Courses.

He was the Senior Accident Investigator for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary between 2000 and 2005 as required in the protocol prepared by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), and was responsible for overseeing and validating all accident investigations prepared by ten officers dealing with approximately 300 incidents per year.

In this role, Barry chaired the Regional Senior Accident Investigators Conference for four years responsible for National liaison with ACPO representatives. He represented the Region at National Conferences and has presented papers in this respect.

He was responsible for appointing and assessing newly trained investigators and ensuring their continued training post examination.

He was responsible for the Continuing Professional Development of officers in the Unit and, as such, arranged in excess of 20 training/test days involving many aspects of Road Accident Investigation. E.g Tyre deflations and their effects, Motorcycle Slides and Critical Speed.

In 2001, he was the Accident Investigator working on the first investigation by the Force of a company for Corporate Manslaughter. This role required a good knowledge of CID Incident Room techniques and investigative interviewing skills. He gained vast experience in the area of ‘Work Related Deaths’ and developed a good knowledge of Health and Safety Procedures in this respect. Following this incident he has overseen two further major investigations of Work Related Death.

Since retirement from the police service Barry has worked as an independent Collision Reconstruction Consultant and has dealt with in excess of 800 cases in Civil and Criminal Courts.

Barry also worked as road safety officer for motorcycling at South Gloucestershire Council from 2006 to 2008. He is a motorcycle observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Initial Accident Investigation and Scene Examination (1982)
  • City and Guilds Certificate in Road Accident Investigation for Police Officers (Standard) (1983)
  • City and Guilds Certificate in Road Accident Investigation for Police Officers (Advanced) (1984)
  • Class 1 Police Advanced Driver (1980)
  • Class 1 Advanced Police Motorcyclist (1984)
  • Advanced Training in Off-Road Motorcycling (1994)
  • EDCRASH Computer Analysis of Impact Damage (1985)
  • Vehicle Dynamics (Forensic Science Service) (1995)
  • VASCAR Speed Detection Operators (1980-2004)
  • Laser Speed Detection Operators (1993-2004)
  • Traffic Patrol Officers Law and Practice (1980 to 2004)
  • Tyre Examination Methods for Police Accident Investigators (Michelin)(1995)
  • Tachograph Chart Analysis and Detection of Falsifications (1985)
  • Roadside Breath Testing Equipment (Lion) (1980-2004)
  • Sleep Related Accidents at Loughborough University (Prof Jim Horne) (1996)
  • Lion Intoximeter Station Procedure Testing Equipment (1980-2004)
  • Road Death Investigation Manual Training (2000-2004)
  • Investigative Interviewing Courses (PEACE) (1997 and 2004)
  • RelMo – Scale Plan Drawing and 3D Reconstruction (Mathtech) (2004)
  • Ai Damage Advanced Training (November 2006)