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Police appeal for video of Lowe death

Police yesterday appealed for the community to come forward with video evidence in the death of Travis Lowe, 23, who was fatally injured in a crash on July 26.

Calling the circumstances “very suspicious”, Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith said that evidence suggested Mr Lowe was being chased, with his motorcycle striking another vehicle as he tried to evade his pursuer.

Mr Lowe, a father of two young children, remained in the hospital's intensive care unit with serious head injuries until his passing on August 2.

Yesterday, a 20-year-old man, Kethyio Whitehurst, appeared in Magistrates' Court on a charge of manslaughter in connection with his death, and Mr Smith acknowledged that a criminal investigation is in effect — also confirming that Mr Whitehurst was “known to police”.

Only one pursuer is suspected.

Police described a high-speed and “erratic” chase around the Southampton Rangers Club, witnessed by other vehicles as well as onlookers, culminating in Mr Lowe's collision with a van at about 3.20pm.

Evidence suggests the chase “travelled west along Horseshoe Road, on to South Road, turned left and headed in an easterly direction”, Mr Smith said, going through the grounds of the sports club and back onto Horseshoe Road, eastward.

Oncoming traffic had to swerve to avoid the two motorcycles.

Although police have their own video evidence, Mr Smith said they knew area residents had their own CCTV cameras, and that people along Horseshoe Road might have recorded the chase on their personal devices.

“Travis Lowe leaves two young children behind — family and friends that will never see him again. The circumstances surrounding his death are very unfortunate, and his life did not have to end this way. Any information that you have that can assist the police in this investigation will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We are calling on our community to be bold, courageous and help bring closure to Travis Lowe's family.”

Mr Smith said the incident could have been motivated by gang activity, and that with an ongoing investigation, police would be seeking the public's help up until the time of a trial.

Mr Lowe's death marks the island's ninth road fatality of the year.

While Mr Smith stressed that the accident was “not like other collisions”, he acknowledged that there were other fatal crashes rumoured to have been caused by chases, and stressed that anyone with information on other matters was welcome to come forward at any time.

Anyone with possible information is welcome to contact the senior investigating officer at 717-0864, e-mail jsmith2@bps.bm, or contact the confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 800-433-8477.

It is The Royal Gazette's policy not to allow comments on stories regarding criminal court cases. This is to prevent any statements being published that may jeopardise the outcome of that case.

Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith (Photograph by Sideya Dill)

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Published August 09, 2016 at 1:46 pm (Updated August 10, 2016 at 7:29 am)

Police appeal for video of Lowe death

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