The Liverpool police officer who was involved in a four-car crash at Lucas Heights last Thursday has died in hospital.
Timothy Proctor, 29, a probationary constable based at Liverpool, was driving north on Heathcote Road about 2pm when a Honda Civic apparently crossed to the wrong side of the road and crashed into his car and two other cars.
He was taken out of his car and rushed to Liverpool hospital, where he remained in a critical condition until he died on Sunday morning.
In the collision, the Civic was being driven south in the 100km/h zone when the driver failed to take a bend, continuing straight and clipping a Toyota Yaris before it hit Mr Proctor's red Honda Jazz.
The female driver, 65, of the Civic was taken to Liverpool hospital, where she remained in a critical condition on Sunday.
Police said a Mitsubishi Triton which had been driving behind the officer was unable to stop in time and was involved in the crash.
Two teenagers in the Triton and the driver of the Yaris were not injured.
Police continue to investigate the collision.
NSW Commissioner Mick Fuller paid tribute to Mr Proctor's time in the police force and offered his condolences to his family.
“My thoughts are with Timothy’s wife Dianne, his family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time,” he said. “Timothy was certainly well on the way to a wonderful policing career and was well respected by his colleagues and all who knew him.
“He joined the Police Force after being a volunteer firefighter and had a tremendous passion and commitment for all emergency services and the community.”
Detective Chief Inspector Dean Johnstone, of Liverpool police, said: “Constable Tim Proctor attested from the Police Academy on April 27 last year and was posted to Liverpool. He was one of 15 new recruits, the first class who graduated to the newly restructured Liverpool Area Command.
“Tim immediately fitted in to his role and the policing lifestyle and presented as an eager probationary constable who wanted only to serve the community, further evidenced by the fact he was a volunteer with the Rural Fire Service before joining the police.
“During his service as a police officer, he was professional and dedicated, well respected and likeable among his peers at Liverpool. His service in the Police Force was tragically cut short, however, his impact on his colleagues, friends and the community was immeasurable.
“His tragic loss has been heartfelt by Liverpool police and he’ll be sorely missed but forever remembered by all. RIP, Constable Timothy Proctor.”
NSW Police Association president Tony King said his staff were "providing support on the ground with the family, friends and colleagues at the hospital since this tragedy unfolded and we will continue to support them as they attempt come to terms with the tragic loss".
"Collisions like this are always difficult but it hits even harder when it’s one of your own involved.”
Speaking to the Liverpool Champion shortly after his graduation last year, Mr Proctor said: “I wanted to be a firefighter and volunteered for a while but it’s extremely selective and that made me look at alternatives. I worked in IT as a laptop repairer but it was limiting and so I pursued policing.
“When growing up I noticed the bad perception of police due to corruption. I want to change that. I believe growing up here I have a good understanding of the cultural groups, too.”
- Our story when Constable Proctor was first posted to Liverpool police: liverpoolchampion.com.au/story/5374318/welcome-to-liverpool-beat.