Police Constable James Dixon, who featured on Sky1’s Road Wars, has tragically been killed in a road accident, with a 91 year old woman also dying as a result of the crash.
Dixon was on duty riding a motorcycle when it was involved in a collision with a car – the elderly woman who also tragically passed away with a passenger in the car and the driver has been rushed to hospital. At this time, it is believed that the injuries that the driver sustained during the crash are not life-threatening.
Dixon, who was a newlywed, lived with his wife Samantha in Thatcham, Berkshire, and was due to become a father in March of next year.
The officer was on a routine patrol of the area and not on an emergency call out when the tragic accident took place just three miles away from his base at Loddon Valley police station.
According to The Mirror, the accident took place on the A4 Bath Road in the village of Wargrave-on-Thames, Berkshire, not long after lunch time.
James Dixon was based with Thames Valley Police at the Lodden Valley police station which is near Reading. Dixon was also known for starring in the hit reality TV show Road Wars which aired on Sky1.
Tributes for the late police officer – as well as the 91 year old passenger – have been flooding in since the accident, with many people offering the families of the two victims of the crash their condolences.
One person said: “Thinking of the family of PC James Dixon tonight and that of the lady who also died today, tragic”
PC Craig O’Leary, chairman of Thames Valley Police Federation, tweeted: “Taken too soon, rest easy my friend.”
Colleague Jo Gill said: “Goodnight Dixie, you really were one of the funniest and best blokes I worked with.
“You are un-replaceable and my heart goes out to Your family both blood and blue.”
While Dave Bulger added: “Stand down Dixie, I can’t believe you’re gone mate. It was a real pleasure to know you and my heart goes out to your family and loved ones.”
The South Central Ambulance Service tweeted: “On behalf of everyone at SCAS, we extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of @ThamesVP PC James Dixon and the family and friends of the other lady killed this afternoon in the RTC on the A4 in Berkshire.”
And Councillor Liam Walker – County Councillor for the Hanborough and Minster Lovell Division – tweeted: “Thoughts are with the family and friends of PC James Dixon and the 91 year old passenger. Such devastation caused just weeks before a joyous time of year.”
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “As is standard procedure, due to the fact that the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on duty police officer Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the IPCC who have begun an investigation.”
IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “We have been notified by Thames Valley Police of a collision on the A4 near Reading, in which, tragically, a 91-year-old woman and a police officer have died.
“My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.
“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”
A post on the Facebook page of Thames Valley Police, that described James Dixon as “one of the best” has received 500 comments thus far, with many people flooding to pay tribute to the late police officer.
The post reads: “Officers remain at the scene of a collision on the A4, Bath Road, Wargrave which occurred this afternoon at about 1.50pm.
“The collision involved a car and motorcycle which was being ridden by on-duty police officer PC James Dixon.
PC James Dixon from the Thames Valley Police Road wars died today at 2pm he was killed in the collision with a car pic.twitter.com/HP4iSkhq96
— Anthony (@maxAECextended) December 6, 2017
“Sadly a passenger in the car and PC Dixon died following the incident.
“The passenger in the vehicle was a 91-year-old woman.
“PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station.
“Next of kin have been informed.
“The driver of the vehicle, a woman, was also injured in the incident and has been taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
“The road remains closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the evening and emergency services remain at the scene. We continue to advise drivers to avoid the area.
“Further details will be released when it is possible to do so.
“As is standard procedure, due to the fact that the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on duty police officer Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the IPCC who have begun an investigation.”
Daniel Ruffle wrote: “RIP in dixi, ride the sky and the clouds big man it was a pleasure knowing you and working with you.”
Dorset Police posted: “Very sorry to hear of your loss this evening. On behalf of everyone at Dorset Police, we’d like to send our condolences to PC Dixon’s family and everyone at TVP.”
Laura Hughes said: “Heartbreaking news. RIP both, especially the officer who died whilst doing his job protecting us all. Thoughts are with their families.”
Nicole Chantelle posted that while she had never met PC Dixon, watching Road Wars was one of the reasons she joined the police force.
She added: “Heard so many great things about him today, we truly have lost an amazing officer. Thoughts are with all families and friends involved, especially the officers who had to attend.”
While on Twitter, Ryan Sheehan said: “Growing up I was a big fan of PC James ‘Dixie’ Dixon and his @tvprp colleagues as they featured in #RoadWars. It’s well respected officers like PC Dixon that inspire me to be a Police Officer. My thoughts are with all those who knew him at this very difficult time #PCJamesDixon.”
The news website Police Hour has set up a JustGiving page in order to raise money for the family of James Dixon.
The JustGiving page says: “We are raising money in memory of Police Constable James Dixon who sadly died on Duty on December 5th 2017.”
“We know this is a difficult time of the year for anyone with Christmas coming but we are hoping to raise some funds to support the family of James Dixon.”
The page also says that funds raised will also be shared with the family of the as yet unnamed 91 year old victim.