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Inquiry continues into police bike crash

Accident scene: A police motorcyclist was in a collision with a pedestrian on Burnaby Street on National Heroes Day (Photograph by Fiona McWhirter)

A “close” examination of the circumstances that led to a crash between a police motorcyclist and a visiting American pedestrian was under way yesterday.

The Bermuda Police Service revealed that the officer involved was one of two riders responding to a call when the incident happened on Burnaby Street at about 5.25pm on Monday.

A police spokesman said the Police Complaints Authority was also made aware of the crash.

The 36-year-old pedestrian was said to be stable and recovering in hospital yesterday, while the officer was treated and discharged.

Footage taken in the aftermath of the crash was aired on ZBM Newsand the broadcaster said the clip was earlier shared on social media.

It showed a woman, who was believed to be visiting the island with a group for the carnival events, on the ground in the middle of the road as others offered assistance. The woman was treated at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for a leg injury and suspected head injury.

A police spokesman said last night: “The investigation regarding the collision involving a police motorcyclist and a 36-year-old visiting American woman on Burnaby Street, Monday afternoon, continues and the circumstances of this unfortunate incident are being closely looked at.

“The officer in question was one of two police motorcyclists responding to an urgent service call at that time.

“As per legislation, the Police Complaints Authority has been notified and the Bermuda Police Service is currently assessing witness accounts and all other evidence as part of this investigation.”

Witnesses to the collision were asked to contact Sergeant Caleb Jean-Pierre on 717-2368 or by his e-mail cjnpierre@bps.bm as soon as possible.