Investigators examining how a pensioner died after he was hit by a runaway police van in West Yorkshire have asked for witnesses to come forward.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating how retired joiner Donald Bennett, 83, was struck by the unattended vehicle in Pudsey Park.
Police were called to reports of a disturbance in the park, which is between Leeds and Bradford, shortly after 2pm on Saturday.
Two officers left the Vauxhall van to deal with the incident and the vehicle rolled into the pensioner, who was walking through the park.
Mr Bennett, who was believed to be married and visiting the park with family, was treated by ambulance staff at the scene but was pronounced dead shortly after.
The IPCC said its staff have met members of Mr Bennett’s family at his home in Pudsey to explain the investigation.
Cindy Butts, the IPCC’s commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “This is a tragic incident in which an elderly man lost his life.
“I will ensure our investigation is robust and that it provides the answers Mr Bennett’s family and friends will understandably want.”
The IPCC said it wants to speak to anyone with information about the collision, who should call 0800 096 9078.
Mr Bennett’s family have said they do not wish to comment.
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