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Crash victim treated in ICU for serious head injuries

Crash: A stretch of North Shore Road between Barker's Hill and Dock Hill was closed off last night due to a motorcycle striking a roadside wall (Photo by Akil Simmons)

A 28-year-old woman is being treated for serious head injuries following a motorcycle crash.The Smith’s resident is in “critical condition” in the Intensive Care Unit at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, a Police spokesman said today.She was involved in a single-vehicle collision that took place around 6.15pm on Sunday on North Shore Road, Devonshire, a short distance west of Barker’s Hill.Shortly after the accident, a scooter lay by the roadside beside the entrance to a water extraction plant, and a helmet on the verge across the road.Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to contact PC Melesia Iris on 295-0011.The spokesman said the seriousness of the collision underscored the urgent need for immediate change in how residents use the Island’s roads.“There have been cries of ‘Why don’t police concentrate on murders?’” he said. “Murders and road traffic deaths are one and the same.”He said police had come out with a strong message this weekend in the wake of “five deaths, as well as 30 serious collisions”.“If we don’t arrest the trend, this will keep happening,” he added.Police are out to prosecute speeders, impaired drivers, motorists using electronic devices while driving, and anyone driving in a careless or dangerous manner.The spokesman added: “We would also admonish the public to make sure they are using a proper helmet and that the helmet is properly fastened.”Last night’s crash saw a stretch of North Shore Road by Tynes Bay closed off as police examined the scene.Investigations into the cause of the accident are continuing.