Sunday 22 April 2018

Crash mum who lay next to dead lover for days dies in hospital

Lamara Bell
Lamara Bell
John Yuill and Lamara Bell

Hilary Duncanson Edinburgh

A mother who lay in a crashed car next to her dead boyfriend for three days after Scottish police failed to respond to a report of an accident has died in hospital.

Lamara Bell (25) was critically injured in the crash off the M9 near Stirling on Sunday, July 5.

But she was only found in the car on Wednesday, around 72 hours later, despite the incident having been reported to police on the day it happened. Ms Bell (pictured inset right) was taken to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where she lost her fight for life shortly before 7am yesterday.

Her boyfriend, 28-year-old father-of-two John Yuill, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Numerous tributes to Ms Bell have been posted online and Mr Yuill's family have spoken of their devastation following news of the second death.

The case is now subject to an independent probe by Scotland's Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), and calls are mounting for a wider review of the way Scotland's single force operates.

A statement from the Bell family requested privacy and said: "Sadly, our daughter has passed away."

Mr Yuill's relatives said: "The family of John Yuill would like to say that their prayers and thoughts are with Lamara and her family.

"We are devastated by the sad news this morning.

"The families have messaged each other this morning and our thoughts are with John and Lamara's children at this very sad time."

Police Scotland's Chief Constable last week apologised to the relatives of the two crash victims. Stephen House admitted police had "failed both families".

The couple were reported missing after visiting Loch Earn, Stirlingshire.

It emerged that a member of the public contacted Police Scotland about 11.30am on Sunday July 5 to report that they could see the vehicle down an embankment near the M9 slip road.

The call was answered, but "for reasons yet to be established" it was not entered on to the police systems and no action was taken at the time.

Irish Independent

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