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The son of a police officer who killed two men while driving drugs is being sued for more than £ 200,000 by one of his families.
Max Coopey, then 17, was behind the wheel of his father’s sports car, Metropolitan Police Sgt., On August 2, 2018 when he collided with sales manager Jason Imi, 48, and his colleague John Shackley. , of 61.
The couple, who had been walking back to their hotel after a night of work with their IT company, were thrown off the roof of the vehicle and died the moment they hit the ground.
Cause of Death
Mr Coopey, from Ascot, Berkshire, where he lived in his parents’ £ 1 million home, was driving while over the cannabis limit and had only passed his driving test two months earlier.
He had also been arrested for driving with drugs just eight weeks before the accident and had five prior convictions for seven crimes, including common assault when he was only 12 years old in December 2013, robbery when he was 13 years old in March 2015, and handling stolen property. when I was 14 years old.
Although he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, a police investigation concluded that Coopey was not responsible for the men’s deaths.
However, in March 2020, a medical examiner said that she could not be sure, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Coopey was speeding or that the drugs in his system affected his driving.
The investigation heard evidence that the teenager would not have been able to see the men until one second before impact, making the collision inevitable.
A Thames Valley Police investigation concluded that Mr. Coopey was not responsible for the men’s deaths and was charged solely with driving drugs.
The magistrates saved Mr Coopey from jail when he appeared in court and imposed costs of £ 105 which they said his parents could afford, but that the teenager would have to do housework to compensate him.
However, Mr. Imi’s wife Sarah has filed a civil action against Mr. Coopey to obtain compensation for the death of her husband, who leaves behind three children.
It was understood that Mr. Shackley’s family is also suing.
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Court documents filed in London County Court by Ms Imi’s lawyers say Mr Coopey was ‘driving under the influence of cannabis and opiates’ when he struck the two men while driving east from Ascot to Virginia Water.
Mr. Coopey was driving his two friends home after spending the night driving and smoking cannabis when the accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. He had received strict instructions from Sergeant Coopey to return home before midnight.
The now 20-year-old was ‘negligent’ because he failed to maintain proper vigilance, drove too fast and drove with low beams instead of high beams, according to the details of the claim form.
Having observed the pedestrians, he continued, ‘He couldn’t slow down. He couldn’t veer off to the side. He has not been able to sound his horn.
Mr. Coopey also “drove when he was unable to use cannabis and opiates” on the A329 London Road in Sunninghill, Berks.
The document reads: ‘The first defendant was driving well over the speed limit and at such a speed that he surprised the two pedestrians and did not give them a reasonable opportunity to save themselves. There was no negligence on his part.
One of them wore light colored clothes. They were moving and easily seen by the First Defendant who, due to his use of cannabis and opiates, was still driving at excessive speed and taking no steps to avoid colliding with pedestrians who had almost completed their crossing of the road.
“As a result of the accident, Jason Robert Imi died and his estate and his dependents have suffered loss and damage.”
The lawsuit was filed by Ms. Imi; her son Ethan Imi, 19; her daughter Lily Imi, 18; and her youngest son Noah Imi, 16.
Jason Imi , 48, was killed by Coopey while walking home with his colleague John Shackley in Ascot, Berkshire in August 2018
Acromas Insurance Company Ltd of London, the insurer of the Audi A5 car owned by Mr. Coopey’s father, Russel, provided a statement of defense.
Sergeant Coopey and his wife, Sergeant Catherine Coopey, had been investigated by their force’s professional standards department for concerns that they allowed or facilitated Max’s use of drugs, but they were found to have no case to respond after an investigation. local.
Defending the lawsuit brought against Mr. Coopey, the insurers accepted that he had been convicted of driving drugs in connection with the accident and that he had been sentenced to a Juvenile Rehabilitation Order, a safer driving course, unpaid work, a fine and a curfew.
However, they denied that he was affected and said that he ‘drove reasonably in all circumstances’ at ‘approximately 50 mph’, which was the speed limit on the stretch of road.
The solutions specialist, Mr. Imi, and the sales manager, Mr. Shackley, walked together behind the rest of their colleagues from the European IT services company Computacenter.
They had been enjoying a meal at an Italian restaurant, Pazzia, and as they walked, the dinner was divided into groups, with Mr. Shackley and Mr. Imi in the rear.
None of his colleagues had seen the accident, but they had heard a sound like a car hitting a deer, a thud on the stretch of road behind them.
The defense, presented by Stephen Foster of Kennedys Law LLP, added: ‘Both Mr. Imi and Mr. Shackley had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol before attempting to cross the A329.
“The point where pedestrians tried to cross the street was very dark.
“The first defendant observed pedestrians and quickly attempted to stop his vehicle, but nevertheless he was reasonably unable to avoid the collision.”
Although the A329 road was otherwise straight, there was a blind edge before the collision point and the insurers claimed that the road surface at that location would only have been visible from 65 meters away.
The allegations that Mr. Coopey should have used his full-beam headlights, honked his horn or swerved were “unrealistic perfection advice,” the insurers said.
“In the throes of the moment the first defendant reacted reasonably by trying to stop as stated above,” they added.
After Mr. Coopey was arrested at the scene, he later had a blood drug test and it was confirmed that he had delta cannabinoids in his system at a rate of 3.3 micrograms per liter of blood.
He also said that he had codeine in his system due to a cough mixture that he had been taking.
The insurers denied that Coopey’s cannabis use had “any causal relevance” to the collision.
They also wrote that the policy did not cover the use of the vehicle by Mr. Coopey and the only people insured under the policy to use the vehicle were Russel Coopey and Catherine Coopey, Max’s mother, who was also a Metropolitan Police officer. .
Before driving the night of the fatal double collision, Coopey had signed a one-week contract with Veygo carpool insurance, which provides coverage for drivers who need access to a car but do not own one.
Veygo, which is an Admiral brand, launched an investigation after the accident.
An Admiral spokesperson, on behalf of Veygo, said: “ During the course of the investigation we discovered that Mr. Coopey obtained the insurance policy with Veygo by not disclosing that he had been involved in two previous traffic accidents before hiring the policy. .
‘We do not offer coverage to anyone under the age of 21 who reveals a claim or conviction for driving.
We did not find any records of his undisclosed convictions because they were too recent.
“We are pleased that we did everything possible to check Mr. Coopey’s background, and we are confident that we would have rejected his insurance application if he had been honest and disclosed his driving history at that time.” .
The attorneys were ordered to retrospectively void Mr. Coopey’s Veygo insurance and the policy underwritten with Veygo was voided from the commencement date by order of the Cardiff County Court in December 2018.
However, Acromas Insurance Company Ltd said that it had a potential financial interest in the claim submitted by Ms Imi and that it had consequently joined her.
If Ms Imi won her case, they and got a sentence, “ they would be bound to serve that sentence ” under the Road Traffic Act of 1988.
The insurers said it “reserves the right” to recover any sums it may have to pay to Ms. Imi from Mr. Coopey and her father.
TVP has confirmed that it is providing assistance to the parties’ legal teams in this case.
Coopey had been jailed for 12 weeks in October 2019 after he was convicted of illegal driving while prohibited, but his conviction was overturned on appeal and he was released after just one week.
Coopey’s father declined to comment.