Inquest told PC Goodlad paid ‘ultimate sacrifice’

PC Mark Goodlad
PC Mark Goodlad

A CORONER paid tribute to a police officer who was killed on the motorway as he went to the aid of a vulnerable woman.

PC Mark Goodlad, 41, was on duty on the M1 on Monday afternoon, October 28, when he stopped on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway near to Crigglestone to help the stranded woman.

A Scania articulated lorry travelling southbound hit PC Goodland, his car and the woman’s vehicle.

Coroner’s officer Jayne Melrose said: “Valiant efforts were made to save his life but it was with great sadness that despite those efforts, PC Goodlad paid the ultimate sacrifice during the line of duty.”

The married father of one, of Whitley, Goole, died at 5.21pm.

PC Goodlad, who had been in the force for 10 years, was in the motorway police unit but had also taken on the role of a police family liaison officer.

Coroner David Hinchliff said he had met him many times when he supported bereaved families in his role as a liaison officer.

Mr Hinchliff said: “I just hope that his family get the same support as he has given to many others.”

A post mortem investigation gave an initial cause of death as multiple injuries.

Mr Hinchliff adjourned the inquest to allow for further investigations.

The 51-year-old woman PC Goodlad was trying to help sustained injuries in the incident, but she survived.

The 44-year-old driver of the lorry, from the Oldham area, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.