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Police car chasing suspect hits motorcyclist

  • Crash scene: the police car crashed with the motorcyclist at the junction of Reid Street and King Street
  • Photograph by Sarah Lagan
  • Photograph by Sarah Lagan
  • Photograph by Sarah Lagan

A woman was being treated in hospital yesterday after an early-morning crash with a police car in Hamilton.

The 29-year-old motorcyclist was hurt in the incident that happened as police pursued another rider who was reportedly travelling in the wrong direction on a one-way stretch of King Street at about 12.20am.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said the crash happened at the junction with Reid Street as the woman was travelling towards the city centre.

He explained that it appeared the police vehicle followed a motorcyclist along Front Street heading east from the junction with Court Street.

The spokesman added: “Apparently the unknown rider then turned on to King Street and continued through the junction with Reid Street followed by the police vehicle — which unfortunately collided with the 29-year-old female motorcyclist as she travelled into the city — with both vehicles ending up farther along King Street.”

Only southbound traffic is permitted on King Street between its junctions with Church Street and Reid Street, but the first rider — who escaped — had been travelling north.

The spokesman said: “The police vehicle and motorcycle involved were damaged, with traffic diversions in effect for approximately three hours while the scene was processed.” Photographs from the scene showed arrow road markings indicating traffic flow in the opposite direction from where the police car came to a stop.

The woman, from Southampton, was taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be

life-threatening.

She was conscious and talking yesterday but remained in hospital for further checks.

The police spokesman said the speed of the vehicles would form part of the investigation so “no comment on that aspect can be provided at this time”.

Witnesses are asked to call 295-0011.