A motorcyclist who died after colliding with a truck on Thursday night was being pursued by police.
Mendell Outerbridge was killed when he crashed into the vehicle on Middle Road in Sandys at 9.50pm.
Police revealed this afternoon that the 34-year-old had been pursued by officers after he failed to stop at a speed checkpoint.
“Police officers were conducting laser speed checks at the time and an officer on foot signalled him to stop,” a police spokesman said. “Mr Outerbridge failed to stop and a police vehicle pursued after him, but the rider quickly eluded the police.
“Police officers searched the area to locate the motorcyclist, and a short time later they came upon the fatal scene where Mr. Outerbridge’s cycle had collided with a truck on Somerset Road near the ‘Lantana’ property.”
Mr Outerbridge was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The fatal accident has been referred to the Police Complaints Authority in order “to ensure independence of the investigation,” the spokesman added.
The Professional Conduct Unit of the BPS will keep the PCA apprised of all developments as they are established.
A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to assist the deceased’s family and the vehicles involved have been impounded as part of the investigation.
The investigation into this fatal collision, the 14th of 2017, is being led by Inspector Robert Cardwell and Constable Jason Ming of the Roads Policing Unit.
Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact the investigators on 247-1788.