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Man killed in police car crash identified

  • Crash site: Antoine Seaman became the fourth road traffic fatality this year after a crash with a police car in the area of Willowbank (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Sergeant Dorian Astwood, of the Roads Policing Unit, speaks on the most recent road fatality (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Antoine Seaman

A 21-year-old man killed in a crash with a police vehicle in the West End in the early hours of yesterday morning has been named.

Antoine Seaman, from Granaway Drive, Southampton, was killed when his motorbike was in collision with a police car on Somerset Road, Sandys, near the Willowbank resort at about 2am.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said the crash happened as a female police officer headed west in a marked patrol car on her way to a report of a disturbance.

Police denied social-media claims that Mr Seaman was being chased by police when the crash happened.

Mr Seaman was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead at about 2.30am.

He is the fourth road death of the year.

The scene was cordoned off as police launched an investigation led by roads policing unit officer Sergeant Dorian Astwood.

Mr Astwood said yesterday: “The BPS confirms that a full notification has been passed to the independent body the Police Complaints Authority.

“However, this is normal practice as required by legislation and ensures full transparency.

“This applies to incidents involving death or serious injury where an officer acting in the execution of his or her duty causes, or appears to have caused, death or serious injury to any person.

“The Commissioner of Police shall, as soon as practicable, give the authority a written notice setting out particulars of the incident in which death or serious injury was caused.”

Mr Astwood declined to comment on the circumstances of the collision.

He said: “We understand that this collision occurred less than 12 hours ago and there is a family mourning at this time, so it is correct we show compassion and don’t pre-empt any decisions or suggestions as to the circumstances at this time.”

Mr Astwood added that the officer, who was uninjured, was alone in the patrol car at the time of the incident.

He said police wanted to speak to anyone with knowledge of Mr Seaman’s whereabouts from 11pm on Sunday.

A family liaison officer has been assigned. Anyone with information that could help the inquiry should contact Mr Astwood on 247-1009 or 717-0849.