‘Police Chase’ Crash Victim Airlifted Overseas

January 2, 2011

One of the gentleman involved in the New Year’s day crash was airlifted overseas for further medical care at approximately 11am this morning [Jan 2].

At approximately 3:35am yesterday morning [Jan 1] the motorbike collided with a Police “paddywagon” on the corner of Court and Angle Street. Both the Police and bystanders indicate that the Police were chasing the bike through Angle Street when it crashed into a Police vehicle traveling south on Court Street.

Around twenty Police officers converged on Court Street after the collision, which saw the two men sprawled on the road receiving medical care before being rushed to King Edward Memorial Hospital via ambulance just before 4am. Both the bike and Police vehicle were damaged in the collision.

Air Ambulance Jan 2nd 11-1

The injured man, who we understand is around 20 years old, was flown on a Cessna Citation Bravo plane [pictured above] to Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Massachusetts, accompanied by a family member. The flight landed at 1:30pm, and Bernews unofficially understands he was taken to Boston’s Lahey Clinic, and that while his injuries are somewhat serious in nature and include multiple broken bones, they not life threatening.

As of 2:30pm today, the other man traveling on the bike is listed as stable on a general ward at King Edward Memorial Hospital, with injuries including a broken leg. An active inquiry into this incident is underway, and Police are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact them on 295-0011.

It was a busy Sunday morning for medical airlifts for the airport, as approximately 20 mins after this air ambulance left, a US Coast Guard helicopter carrying a seriously injured crew member from the Aegean Angel arrived.

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  1. Call as it is says:

    Special Offer!
    Run from the Police and you too might get a flight to the USA.

  2. just joking says:

    I hope he is given the bill…if not I want to know why and who is paying for it??

    • bernews says:

      We have been told he is insured, so assume his provider will pick up the tab.

      In certain cases [some shootings come to mind], we have been made to understand the individual is not employed and unlikely to be insured. We have been meaning to do a story on who exactly is funding the medical care….

      • just joking says:

        well if it is insurance then we pay..since the insurer then increases the bill to us all next year

      • Call as it is says:

        That’s a story I think many people will be interested in reading.

      • Cleancut says:

        The person receiving the treatment will be billed. If not paid then normal debt collection procedures will follow.

  3. Happy New Year says says:

    People are entitled to their own opion, but in situations like this I think sometimes ppl need not to comment. If your not paying the bill than it shouldn’t be your concern.Ppl have no respect for famalies @ times like this.Makes me so sick how ppl are so quick to comment on things that are negative.

    • Tigga says:

      Exactly – people are entitled to their own opinions and in Bermuda we are also entitled to VOICE our opinions. It is our concern because in this instance, an individual had a choice – stop or run. Had you or I been travelling along that road at that moment in time it could have been either one of us involved in the collision and we would NOT have had the choice that this young man had. That is why it is our concern. Because this prevailing attitude of disrespect for authority is affecting us all. The police will chase many people over the next year and beyond and hopefully it will not end up with such tragedy, but I cannot feel sorry for someone who has such disregard for their own life and the life of others. That is in no way disrespectful to their families, because likewise they did not have the choice – the grief found them as a result of a foolish decision. Nor do I wish this young man ill. I hav to be honest, my first concern when I read the story was for the welfare of the officer driving the vehicle who was doing his job and (again) didnt have a choice.

      • areUserious says:

        Actually Tigga if you read the reponses you would see that the issue people have is with who is footing the bill and that is what ‘Happy New Year” is referring to. You so far are the only who has commented on the possible threat to safety of the police and others.. I agree with “Happy New Year” people are so quick to make a negative comment without respect for the individuals families and then when S#$T lands in their back yard they are quick to sing a different tune! and just like YOU “Happy New Year” is entitled to VOICE their opinon as well..whether YOU or ANYONE else agrees with it or not!!! Next time read what he/she is reffering to before you go off on a tangent!

        • Tigga says:

          @areUserious – I fail to see the tangent or where I have challenged anybody’s right to voice their views.

          HNY told us that ‘sometimes ppl need not to comment’ – I said that ‘people are entitled to their own opinions and in Bermuda we are also entitled to VOICE our opinions’. The message, which I thought was pretty clear is that people can do so without being seen as ‘disrespecting’ family members.

          HNY told us ‘If your not paying the bill than it shouldn’t be your concern’ and I expressed why I thought that regardless of financial cost (which I am fully aware was the original cause of concern), why it SHOULD be all of our concern by reference to public safety.

          Perhaps it is you that should be more careful in your reading or interpretation before berating others.

          • areUserious? says:

            i know and understood what I read and yo you did go off topic from the point she was trying to make. So maybe WE BOTH are misunderstanding what the other one is saying. Also if thought I was berating you ..again a misunderstanding!! You telling me to be more careful in my reading ..well I just take that as constructive criticism

            • Tigga says:

              Agree to disagree – all the best for the New Year areUserious.

              • areUserious says:

                Likewise…

                • Wad it do!!!!! says:

                  Tigga I agree with everything that you are saying, point well spoken. Whether ppl understand or not what you was trying to say, I get you. If ppl don’t like other ppl comments then maybe they should be the one to NOT comment.

                  • areUserious says:

                    you should take your own advice!! as everyone is entitled to their own opinion..Tigga and I already sorted this one out!!!!

    • Uncle Ruckus says:

      And he obviously had no respect for the law or anyone else who might have been on the road while running away from the police at a high rate of speed. Possibly for a (illegal) reason.

  4. areUserious says:

    Let’s start the New Year off right and hope that at Lahey they are able to provide him with the service that he needs and put him on the road to recovery…@ “just joking” insurance goes up every year regardless,,if you fell and twisted yourself and they were unable to repair you on the island would you like for someone to make a “snub” remark and blame the cost of insurance increase on you? People get real! At least he was insured..like Bernews said a lot of the shooting vicitms have been uninsured..two of them come to mind immediately but yet they are serviced..that’s where your money is going,, to the uninsured! Insurance is a rip off anyway..Both of my sons are insured and have not had to go to the Doctor or receive any form of treatment in the last two years insurance companies never say Oh well you’ve paid but didn’t use any of it so here’s your money back!!! He’s not the only one that has had to be medivaced out of here foe speeding..so what’s the big deal?

    Young man whoever you are I hope for a speedy recovery and I also hope that you’ve learned from your mistake!!!

    • just joking says:

      there is getting injured…then injuring yourself….in this case he injured himself by recklessly speeding and trying to avoid police!.So No I have no sympathy for them and am glad no one else was injured….We see this all too many times in Bermuda and people say “We learn from our mistakes”…yes we do but we are supposed to be also intelligent enough to think before we do something and see the outcome before we do something so reckless.

  5. Terry says:

    Your all missing the big picture here.

    If the vehicle is proven stolen, no insurance.

    Services provided but at cost to all who pay home/vehicle/boat et al.

    Hell, I need a hip replacement. Might as well walk in front of a Police vehicle and voila…………..

    Damn…should have thought about that ealier………………

    Maybe I walk and stumble in front of Pat and say she pushed me to get a better photo……

    Detz vat eye’l doo………………………….bwhaaaaaaa

  6. Happy New Year says says:

    My POINT is where’s the family respect. @ a time like this do you think a family wants 2 look on bernews n see nuffn but negative tlk, cause he should not have done what he done. Like r u serious said its when d —- lands in your back yard your signing a different tone!!! NO ONES PERFECT we all make mistakes n all we can do is learn from them.

    • In General says:

      Where was his respect for his family? Maybe that should be the question?

  7. Terry says:

    Wow……Threatning words. Wonder if FOI applies here to Government.

  8. areUserious says:

    “too ALL U Typical Bermudians” Thank you for that as there is always more than one side to a story…yes on the odd day our men in blue do what they are hired to do and that is to serve and protect…however, as in all walks of life there is always that little under current of corruption…I would be curious as to how they (police) would answer to the scenario that you have presented as they are taught to CYOA!!..surely this commentary puts a different spin on things.. If this proves to be true I agree that it is so sad to bring in a New Year like this…..

  9. Yawn says:

    And really dont give chase big time if your in the area with lots of people. Hope the guy comes out ok. Speeding away is something some young guys do, maybe havin one of ya boyz hurt from it might make some think about it before they do it next time.

  10. really says:

    how big of a grudge do you hold towards the BPS?! Your story sounds absurd and beyond ridiculous! I mean some of it might have some accuracy sure, but you need to reread what you’re saying and try and believe that what you’re saying is anywhere near possible!
    The police are allowed to drive down the same streets as the people they stop and check, why cant they? And to say the paddywagon purposely stopped at a stop stop sign?! Why wouldn’t they stop at a STOP sign? Why would they create such a conspiracy to cause damage to their vehicle as well as harm to someone else that would in effect create such a drama for them?

    You said yourself that they may have been speeding so wouldnt it be possible with them “maybe” speeding that they “maybe” didnt or couldnt stop and then “maybe” they hit the paddywagon because of the speed they were going? I mean that dent looks pretty major for not to be speeding…

    either way, proof read before you submit next time so you come across with a stronger, more believable tale of events.

  11. Wise says:

    going out to “too all you typical bermudians”, WHO FEELS IT KNOWS IT & PERSONALLY I WOULDNT PUT IT PASS THE POLICE SERVICE. i lost a good friend back in the day rip spark

  12. James says:

    Wow, it would really be nice if some of the posts paid a little attention to spelling and pronunciation. Reading IS fundamental!

    Now that is truly “SADD”!!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      They are products of Bermudas education system. Would you expect any better?

      I don’t much care what happened before the crash. It WAS a crash. It certainly was NOT an accident. Accidents happen because of events beyond human control. This individual made poor choices of his own actions.

      Fortunately he did not seriously injure anyone but himself. He administered his own penalty for his own stupidity.

      A candidate for the Darwin Awards.

  13. WHAT!!! says:

    I can’t believe anyone rational can defend someone who crashed SO HARD into a Police vehicle that they are both seriously injured. Come on Bermuda- wake up. You hate the Man. Who is going to save you from your sons? Answer that.
    Yes I respect the family.

  14. bermyguy says:

    Some times I just get so sick from reading some of the comments posted by people. I do understand that people are free to express their feelings by way of commenting on story’s posted here in Bernews. Are we all humane or are some of us the type of people who post comment’s without the feelings or compassion of the individuals or for that matter the family’s. Some of the comment’s are so vile childish and just plain sickening. I really hope that some of the poster’s using Bernews to show their true nastiness never have to get a call to say that their assumed perfect family or friends have met with any unfortunate circumstance. Patricia please do not let Bernews become a sight for the evil nasty hatred of people that used other medium’s and blog’s to kill bermuda’s best local imformation site. Yes Bernews readers I contribute to Bernews by way of comment news story’s and pictures.I do this because finally I see a honest open up to date source of information that is well over due. Lets not kill the goose but protect this golden egg called Bernews. It’s me Pat. In here I go by the name BermyGuy . But the name is Kenneth Byron.

    • areUserious says:

      THANK YOU FOR THAT “BERMYGUY” BECAUSE ITS ALWAYS CERTAIN PEOLE (AND IT’S ALWAYS THE SAME PEOPLE) WHO IF THEY THINK YOU JUST MIGHT HAVE A VALID POINT BUT THEY DON’T AGREE THEY RESULT TO NAME CALLING OR POKE AT YOUR USE OF GRAMMAR! I LOVE BERNEWS AS WELL BUT LIKE YOU I GET DISGUSTED BY THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS, THE NASTINESSS, ETC. CERTAIN PEOPLE (AGAIN THE SAME ONES AND NOT EVEN SURE IF THEY LIVE HERE) JUST SIT AND WAIT FOR AN ARTCLE THAT THEY CAN SIT AND TYPE A WHOLE HEAP OF CRAP. AND YES WHILE I AGREE WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE LIKE THEY FAIL TO REALISE THAT THEIR OPINION/COMMENT MAY NOT “BE ALL THAT” EITHER. IT AMAZES ME THE AMOUNT OF VENOM THAT CAN BE SPEWED IF SOMEONE IS NOT ON THE SAME PAGE AS YOU. AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE PERFECT PEOPLE THAT POST, YOU KNOW THE ONE’S I’M TALKING ABOUT (THEY USUALLY LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES AND THROW STONES!)I TOO GET SICK OF POSTING SOMETIMES..THERE HAVE BEEN ARTICLES THAT I HAVE WANTED TO COMMENT ON BUT ONCE I HAVE READ SOME OF THE COMMENTS I JUST SAY I DON’T FEEL LIKE GOING THERE TONIGHT!I KNOW BERMYGUY AND I WLL PROBABLY TAKE SOME FLACK FOR WHAT WE’VE POSTED BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS WHAT IT IS SOME PEOPLE JUST SEEM TO NOT HAVE AN OUNCE OF COMPASSION IN THEIR BODY! I HOPE THAT NOTHING HAPPENS IN YOUR PERFECT LITTLE LIFE WITH YOUR PERFECT LITLE FAMILY..I ALSO HOPE THAT ALL THE SKELETONS HAVE BEEN CLEANED OUT OF YOUR CLOSET BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN AN ARTICLE WILL REFER TO YOURSELF, BROTHER, SISTER, COUSIN, MOM OR DAD AND THAN YOU GET TO READ WHAT OTHER PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF WHO LACK COMPASSION HAVE TO SAY. IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE ALL HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER SO FOR YOU TO SAY THAT YOU HAVE NEVER DONE WRONG YOU WOULD BE LYING TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS!

      ON A DIFFERENT NOTE PATRICIA I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT YOU ARE DOING AN AWESOME JOB!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND HERE’S TO ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF BERNEWS!!! CHEERS!

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Oh my! It looks like somebodys sensitive little toes have been trod upon again & the best response that can be generated is a shouting rant.

        Sure there is compassion for the family. No, there is no compassion for the rider. How about compassion for the rest of us who have to put up with this behavior on a daily basis. We are sick & tired of it.

        • Tigga says:

          Whoever complained about the police truck being parked at Court St and Angle St – that is ridiculous! Angle Street is a one way street that is governed by a STOP sign at the junction with Court St. I dont care if they parked a cruise ship there – if you stop at the stop sign then you wont have to worry about hitting a parked police truck do you? Wake up Bermuda, compassion for the family has nothing to do with this. This lawless attitude is taking over our island and as long as we pity the fools that act this way, then we are supporting the stupidity!

        • areUserious says:

          NOT A RANT AND SO NOT SHOUTING AND FAR FROM SENSITIVE! SORRY IF YOU MISINTERPRETED I’M ASSUMING BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN IN CAPITAL LETTER? CAP LOCK FEATURE JUST HAPPENED TO BE ON AND I DIDN’T CHANGE IT. OBVIOUSLY MY ASSUMED (BY YOU OF COURSE)SHOUTING RANT PEAKED YOUR INTEREST OR YOU WOULD NOT HAVE FOUND THE NEED TO REPLY. IF YOU HAVE COMPASSION FOR THE FAMILY (WHICH IS THE HUMANE THING TO DO) FINE AND DANDY..JUST MAYBE I WAS NOT REFFERING TO YOU?..YES ONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION AND BLAH BLAH BLAH BUT I’M SURE THERE ARE OTHERS WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN VOICE YOUR OPINION OR GET YOUR POINT ACROSS WITHOUT PUTTING A NEGATIVE SPIN ON IT.

          AND WITH YOUR SENSITIVE, MISINTERPRETING, I THINK THATS WHAT IT MEANS SELF..MY APOLOGIES IF MY USE OF ‘CAPS’ CAUSED YOU TO THINK INCORRECTLY AND MISS THE POINT!!!

  15. ok says:

    Bet you he’ll stop next time!!!

  16. Arthur Raynor - Atlanta says:

    Before I would make any judgement in this issue, my questions are: Was the rider airlifted or the pillion passenger?
    Did the pillion passenger agree to the rider not stopping for the police?
    During my teen years I had an encounter where I was a pillion passenger on a bike that did not stop for the police and I had two choices 1) try and jump off the bike at a high speed (and get rolled over by the chase vehicle) 2)’ride’ it out until we got stopped.
    Not always are the injuired passengers at fault on a bike or in a car accident.

    Questions, questions questions!

  17. truth be told says:

    @Arthur…..The thing is most of the ones who have so much to say haven’t even taken the time out to get the facts…they just run their mouths as if their speaking from a seat of perfection….They don’t know which one was air lifted either just ignorant…..

    Also I don’t see why it matters who is fronting the bill…..what are you all trying to say? Are you saying that unless he is paying for it he should not be air lifted in order to save his life? Who are you to judge who lives or dies based on their actions? He had to be air lifted simple who pays for it does not matter..your acting as if he’s being rewarded smh he’s been taken to a hospital not a vacation.

    Another note these guys are like 20 years old. They are young and made a mistake that many make in their youth don’t be so quick condemn someone to hell because nobody’s perfect. Only God can judge.

    • areUserious says:

      Thank you!!!!

      • Tigga says:

        Mistakes cease to be mistakes at a certain age – they then become ACCOUNTABILITY! There are people younger than 20 that are fighting and dying in wars and who have far more responsibility than simply stopping at a stop sign or stopping when signalled by police. Stop babying these guys. I dont care who was airlifted – I am calling it like it is regarding the RIDER who FLED POLICE. In some places that is a felony (ie – do it 3 times and you get life in prison). And for the record, I am not talking from ‘a seat of perfection’, but as someone who has known from a very young age not to run from police and to respect authority. THAT is the problem and a very simple concept to grasp. I dont give a damn who pays for his medical bills and I certainly wish them a speedy recovery, so dont muddy the water with that nonsense. However, I am calling what I see. Bermuda doesnt seem to like that these days…..

  18. hi says:

    Bernews will probably end up disabling comments……

  19. Terry says:

    hi says……………..Good idea…never mind.