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Woman dies after being hit by Duchess of Edinburgh police escort motorbike | Police

A woman has died after being hit by a motorbike which was part of a police escort for Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has confirmed.

Helen Holland, 81, was hit on West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road at Earl’s Court on the afternoon of May 10.

In comments broadcast by the BBC, her son Martin said she died after suffering “multiple fractures and massive internal injuries”.

He said she fought ‘for her life for almost two weeks…but irreversible damage to her brain finally ended the battle today’.

He said she used the “safe path of [a] crosswalk” when she was hit by the motorcycle.

The IOPC Fund investigated the incident. On May 19, he called witnesses and said CCTV had been taken from neighboring properties for examination.

IOPC Fund Regional Director Amanda Rowe said on May 19: “Our thoughts are with the woman, who suffered life-threatening injuries, and her family.

“We have been in contact with them to explain our role and will keep them regularly informed as the investigation progresses.”

A previous statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Duchess’ heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the injured lady and her family.

“She is grateful for the quick response from the emergency services and will keep you updated as the situation develops.”


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