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A police motorcyclist was in a collision with a pedestrian on Burnaby Street on National Heroes Day in 2019 (File photograph by Fiona McWhirter)

A police officer is expected to face trial after a crash that left a woman seriously injured.

Cindy Clarke, the Director of Public Prosecutions, confirmed that Simon Monk “was prosecuted for causing grievous bodily harm by careless driving”.

She said he is expected to appear in Magistrates’ Court on November 3.

Devina Burgess was left with multiple injuries after the crash on May 12, 2019.

It happened on King Street near the junction with Reid Street in Hamilton.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said last week that a file was submitted to the DPP and that a charge was approved.

He added: “An officer is before the court for a driving offence in relation to that matter with a trial pending.”

Meanwhile, the police and DPP said that charges were not approved in relation to a separate crash that involved a police motorcycle and a pedestrian on June 17, 2019.

A 36-year-old American tourist was hurt in the incident on Burnaby Street after visitors and residents gathered in Hamilton for carnival events.

The police service paid $19,000 at the time to fly the woman to the US for medical treatment.

A BPS spokesman said last week that a file was sent to the DPP.

He added: “However, there were no charges approved and it has been determined there will be no further police action on this collision.”

Ms Clarke confirmed that “the evidence was reviewed and no prosecution was approved in relation to the collision on June 17, 2019”.

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