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2015-07-13 07:53

REST IN PEACE: Lamara Bell, 25, died in hospital on July 12. The young woman spent three days critically injured in a car next to her boyfriend's body before police arrived. Image: Facebook

LONDON, England - A 25-year-old Scottish woman who lay injured in a crashed car for three days because police failed to respond to an emergency call has died.

Wheels24 reported on the incident on Friday (July 10) after Lamara Bell spent three days in a forest next to a motorway in a crashed car with her boyfriend's body beside her.

The young woman's family said she died in a Glasgow hospital Sunday (July 12), a week after the crash.


The Guardian reported that Lamara suffered kidney damage and dehydration during her ordeal.

She was found on Wednesday (July 8) beside her dead boyfriend John Yuill in a car that had left the freeway and slid down an embankment near the city of Stirling in central Scotland.

Police admitted the accident was reported but officers were not sent to the scene until a second call three days later. Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House has apologised, saying police "failed both families".

Scottish politicians are calling for an inquiry into how the police's mistake happened and whether it was connected to a recent reorganisation into one body of multiple police forces across the norterh UK county caused by budget cuts.

Sky TV reported that Bell's father, Ossie Dinnefash,  led the tributes to his daughter via his Facebook page, writing: "My beautiful purple-haired girl past away this morning."

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