A woman who was flown to hospital by the Duke of Cambridge on his final mission at the East Anglian Air Ambulance has died.
The lady, unidentified but said to be in her 50s, had been reported as missing before she was involved in a collision with a police van that was trying to find her.
Norfolk Police confirmed the death in a brief statement on Saturday. Meanwhile, a statement by Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) revealed that investigations into the incidents are already underway.
“An incident involving a collision between a police vehicle and a pedestrian on Wymondham Road, Norfolk on 27 July has been referred to the IPCC and an independent investigation has begun.
“The investigation is at a very early stage and we will continue to gather evidence over the coming weeks.”
The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) crew, including Prince William, was called to the scene shortly after. The lady was treated for head injury before she was transferred to hospital.
A spokesman for the air ambulance said: “The EAAA crew, which last night included William, attended an incident south of Norwich which involved a road traffic collision-related injury, and a patient was treated at scene for severe head injuries then treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.”
According to the Daily Telegraph, the second to the throne was spotted earlier in the day in a park in Royston, Hertfordshire to help an elderly woman after suffering a leg injury.
The tragic mission brings the curtain down on Prince William’s two-year career as an EAAA pilot, during which he completed hundreds of missions. He had completed a civilian pilot course and a dedicated 999-response training before taking up his role.
In a farewell statement, the royal praised the efficiency and professionalism of the team. He said that one needs to be ”physically and mentally fit to do this job properly,” revealing that crew members were encouraged to ”talk through the things we have seen, to share the trauma within the team.”