Sophie is “deeply saddened” by the death of a woman who was hit by a police escort motorcycle
The Duchess of Edinburgh is “deeply saddened” by the death of a woman who was hit by a motorbike that was part of her police escort.
Helen Holland, 81, was struck at the junction of West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in Earl’s Court, west London, on the afternoon of May 10.
In comments from the BBC, Ms Holland’s son Martin said she died after “multiple broken bones and massive internal injuries”.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duchess of Edinburgh is deeply saddened by the death of Helen Holland.
We have been in contact with (the family) to explain our role and will keep them regularly updated as the investigation progresses
“Her Royal Highness’s deepest condolences and sympathy go out to all of Mrs Holland’s family.”
It is understood Sophie will remain in touch with Ms Holland’s family privately.
Mrs Holland, from Essex, was reportedly in London visiting her older sister.
Her son Martin said she “fought for her life for almost two weeks… but irreversible damage to her brain finally ended the fight today.”
He said she uses the “safe way”. [a] Pedestrian crossing” when she was hit by the motorcycle.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has investigated the incident and taken the surveillance cameras from nearby properties for investigation.
Amanda Rowe, IOPC Regional Director, said on May 19: “We have been in contact with (the family) to explain our role and will keep them regularly updated as the investigation progresses.”
“While some witnesses to the clash have been identified, it is important that as part of our investigation, we speak to anyone who witnessed or recorded this incident to help us establish the full circumstances.”
Witnesses or anyone with information can contact the IOPC on 0300 303 5621 or email email@example.com.
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