[Updated - Police confirm that Dr Alexander Doty has died from his injuries] A 58-year-old American tourist remains in critical condition in the ICU after sustaining serious head injuries after being struck by a motorcyclist on Wednesday night [Aug 1] while walking on Pitts Bay Road.
Just after 11pm on Wednesday police attended the area of Pitts Bay Road and Roxdene Lane in Pembroke, where the victim was found critically injured. He was rushed to hospital, and a 27-year-old man was arrested for suspicion of driving whilst impaired in connection with the incident.
Police have asked for any witnesses to this collision, especially anyone who may have seen the victim [a white male balding, with light colored clothing approximately 5’8-5’10 of solid/stocky build] walking along Pitts Bay Road between 10:45pm and 11:10pm on August 1st to contact Police on 295-0011 or the confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 800-8477.
Update 6.30pm: A police spokesperson confirmed that the victim passed away today. He has been identified as 58-year-old Dr. Alexander Michael Doty, a college professor from Indiana. He is pictured to the left in a photo courtesy of Indiana University.
The full police statement is below.
Police can now confirm the death of 58 year old Alexander Michael Doty of Indiana who died as a result of injuries received in a collision that took place at approximately 11:10pm on Wednesday in area of Pitts Bay Rd & Roxdene Lane, in Pembroke.
It appears that Mr. Doty was walking on Pitts Bay Road when he was hit by a 27-year old man traveling on a motorcycle.
Police are asking for any witnesses to this collision, especially anyone who may have seen the victim (a white male balding, with light colored clothing approximately 5’8-5’10 of solid/stocky build) walking along Pitts Bay Road between 10:45pm and 11:10pm.
Please contact PC Walter Jackson of the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011 or the confidential crime stoppers hotline on 800-8477.
The Bermuda Police Service extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.
Update Aug 6: Dr Doty’s friends have launched a group on Facebook, where they said he had only been in Bermuda for 3 hours when he was struck by the motorcycle.
They also said that Dr Doty’s sisters have a “great deal of confidence in the care that Alex received” and have also been “treated very well” by the local authorities who have arranged a liaison to help them with all of the legal details.
The full description from the group is below:
While visiting Bermuda for a quick “end of summer” vacation (very Alex), Alex was walking back to his hotel after attending a concert when he was hit by a motorcyclist. Alex’s sisters and brother joined him in ICU at King Edward’s Hospital in the capital.
Alex’s brain injuries were too severe, with massive bleeding leading to brain death. The doctors informed the family that there was no possibility for recovery. Following the recommendations of the doctors there, Alex will be taken off the ventilator today (August 4th).
“He is already gone,” Alex’s sister said. Alex’s family is making arrangements to take him back to Texas when possible. When we know more about the arrangements, we will post that information here (please share it with anyone you think Alex would want you to tell).
Alex’s sister did say that the doctor who cared for Alex (a Swedish physician, apparently) was very good, and very kind; Alex’s sisters have a great deal of confidence in the care that Alex received.
They have also been treated very well by the local authorities who have arranged a liaison to help them with all of the legal, etc. details.
The only other thing I have to tell you is that the team at the hospital said that Alex was not, and had not been, in any pain. Alex had only been in Bermuda for about 3 hours when the accident occurred. Apparently, he checked into the hotel, went off to a concert, and was walking back to his room when he was hit.
We love Alex, as do each of you. Please keep Alex and each other in your hearts and share a favorite story about Alex when you have a chance.
Update 1.58pm: A man was just charged in Magistrates Court in connection with the death of Dr. Doty. Details here.
Update 2.15pm: Indiana University released a statement saying they are “deeply saddened today over the death of Alexander Doty, a prominent scholar, professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington.” You can read it in full here.
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