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Police name bike rider who crashed and died after being followed by police

Bermuda Police Service (File photo)

A man who died after he lost control of his motorcycle while being followed by police has been named as 25-year-old Keija Simmons.

Police today confirmed Mr Simmons as Bermuda’s seventh road fatality of 2021, and said the matter had been referred to the independent Police Complaints Authority as required by law.

Mr Simmons was seriously injured shortly after midnight on Sunday after he was involved in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the top of Scaur Hill in Sandys.

A police spokesman said on Tuesday that officers were conducting laser checks near Port Royal Fire Station beforehand when they recorded a motorcycle going 79km/h.

Officers turned on their emergency lights and followed the rider, later discovered to be Mr Simmons, “at a distance” before he lost control and fell off the vehicle. The bike was later discovered to have been stolen.

Mr Simmons was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said: “A family liaison provided by the police is offering support to his loved ones at this time.”

Pc Dennis Joell is investigating the circumstanced of the collision and members of the public with any relevant information are asked to contact Mr Joell on 717-2221, the main police number, 295-0011, or by e-mail at djoell@bps.bm.