A POLICEMAN who died in a crash on a motorbike while on duty was about to become a father.
Tributes poured in yesterday for ‘inspirational’ Thames Valley Police officer James Dixon, who starred in the TV show Road Wars.
The constable died after his bike collided with a car on the A4 in Berkshire on Tuesday. A 91-year-old woman, a passenger in the vehicle, also died in the accident.
PC Dixon, 39, nicknamed ‘Dixie’, was a popular character on the Sky 1 reality series, which follows road officers at work. He married his wife Samantha in February last year and she is heavily pregnant.
At Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Theresa May offered ‘condolences to the friends, family and colleagues’ of PC Dixon as well as the dead woman’s family.
Thames Valley chief constable Francis Habgood said PC Dixon was a ‘hugely respected’ officer who had served 18 years. The force’s flags will fly at half-mast for the next week as a mark of respect.
On the force’s Facebook page, Ali Ashman posted: ‘RIP Dixie, it was a pleasure knowing you. The police family has lost one of its best.’
Mark Dunfurd wrote: ‘Our thoughts are with both families. We have lost a well loved and highly thought of colleague.’
Nicole Chantelle said watching Road Wars was a reason she joined the force. Another poster said officers like PC Dixon ‘inspire me’.
The driver, a woman, was taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
The accident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It said PC Dixon was on a training exercise and not responding to an emergency or involved in a pursuit. His unmarked bike did not have flashing lights or sirens on.