The Labor MP opens up on the horror of his daughter’s hit-and-run death

A Labor MP said it was “impossible to ever get over” the death of his daughter after a hit-and-run accident just 100 meters from his home.

Bootle MP Peter Dowd said he was still not coming to terms with the events of September 27, 2020, when Jennifer Dowd, 31, was pushed off her bike by a rider who left the scene.

The NHS project manager was taken to hospital but died the following month, on October 6.

The motorist, who admitted causing Ms Dowd’s death by careless driving and not stopping at the scene of the accident, was sentenced to 12 months in prison in October 2021.

Jennifer Dowd, daughter of Labor MP Peter Dowd, died after a hit-and-run in 2020 (Merseyside Police)

Mr Dowd said he was first alerted that something was wrong on Sunday morning when his daughter’s wife called him to say she had not returned from her bike ride.

The MP had no idea the collision had occurred approximately 100 meters from his Merseyside home.

Speaking to GB News, Mr Dowd said: “It was about half past eight on a Sunday morning when I got a call from Jennifer’s wife to say Jennifer was out cycling and wasn’t back and she got me only asked where she is because she couldn’t reach her by phone.

“She said Jennie once told her, ‘If you’re ever in trouble, call my dad.’ So she called me and I immediately thought something had happened.

“I called Fazakerley Hospital (now Aintree University Hospital) to say if anyone – a young woman – showed up because I feared the worst.”

It emerged Ms Dowd had been taken to hospital following a collision. On exiting his home, Mr Dowd found the road closed and police at the scene.



It’s one of those things where you don’t know what the future path is going to be, and it’s traumatic and it affects you at different times and places

Peter Dowd

“What I heard that morning was the ambulance, sirens, etc., but I didn’t really know that Jennifer was lying on the road a hundred yards away,” he said.

Mr Dowd said he felt guilty knowing the incident had happened so close.

He said: “You can imagine the shock, the trauma, the disbelief and the guilt because she’s only a hundred yards from the house and you’re like, ‘What if I was there? garden when that happened, she rode past on her bike?’”

“All these things go through your head.”

Mr Dowd said his daughter’s death was “impossible to ever get over”.

“People I’ve spoken to, we’ve had colleagues in Parliament whose daughters or sons have died and I don’t think you ever get over it,” he said.

“I haven’t come to terms with it yet, and neither have family members nor Jennie’s wife.

“It’s one of those things where you don’t know what the path is going to be going forward and it’s traumatic and it affects you at different times and in different places.”

The Labor MP said restrictions on gatherings imposed during the pandemic meant not all of Ms Dowd’s friends and family could attend her funeral.



I think what’s important to me is that people in this situation, families in this situation, have every possible support, and that prosecutors are as sensitive as possible, that the police are as sensitive as they can be

Peter Dowd

“We have a big family and a lot of friends, and she had a lot of friends. And she worked in the NHS, so she had… this great kind of support system – life, social life,” he said.

“And we couldn’t (invite them all) because we could only have 30 people at the funeral and of course 30 people at the event afterwards. It wasn’t even a memorial service; It was the after-funeral.

“We were able to get together on her birthday last year, just before her birthday last year, to celebrate with all the friends, to celebrate her life.

“But that wasn’t a good time not to be able to have everyone there to talk, chat, grieve, discuss, tell stories, which is what we usually do in these circumstances.”

Mr Dowd said he had recently put pressure on the Home Office to ensure crime victims get the help they need.

“I think it’s important that people in this situation, families in this situation, have all the support they can and that prosecutors are as sensitive as possible, that the police are as sensitive as they can be,” he said.

“Recently I had a meeting with the Home Office minister to talk about victim support so you can have your say on the many calls on parliamentary time and the organizations, Home Office time, so you can have your say role, however small, could be to send the message that people in these circumstances need to be supported throughout the process.”

He added: “I think what you’re starting to understand is the stress this can actually bring in terms of the process because as much as the police want to help, there’s only so much they can tell you.

“Because … in this case of my daughter, there was a criminal prosecution, so you’re kind of limited as to the amount of information you can get or have.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/peter-dowd-labour-merseyside-police-bootle-nhs-b2084438.html The Labor MP opens up on the horror of his daughter’s hit-and-run death

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