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Man killed after crash last weekend named

Police divert traffic away from the scene after an accident on Middle Road, Southampton (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

Police yesterday named a 64-year-old who died after he was thrown into the sea after a motorbike accident.

Albert Simmons was seriously injured around 6pm last Sunday when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a wall near the junction of Lighthouse Road and Middle Road in Southampton and he was catapulted into Jew’s Bay.

Passers-by pulled Mr Simmons from the water and began CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Mr Simmons was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital but was later pronounced dead by doctors.

The death was the sixteenth roads fatality this year.

A police spokesman said that the investigation into the incident continued.

Anyone with information that could help should call Pc Garwin Phillips on 211 by e-mail at gphillips2@bps.bm.

The death toll on the roads so far this year is just one short of the 17 recorded in 2008 – the highest figure in the last 21 years.

The highest ever recorded annual death toll was 26 in 1975, just before helmets became compulsory.