Police: “Criminal Investigation Has Commenced”

August 9, 2016

[Updated with videos] The circumstances surrounding the collision that resulted in the death of Travis Lowe “are very suspicious and a criminal investigation has commenced,” the police said, adding that “there is evidence that Travis Lowe was being chased by another motorcyclist along Horseshoe Road and in his attempt to get away from his chaser collided with the van.”

Bermuda Police Service TC Augut 9 2016

Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith said, “Approximately 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday the 26th day of July, 2016, officers of the B.P.S. attended a serious road traffic collision on Horseshoe Road, Southampton, just east of the junction with Palm Valley Road. This collision involved a motorcycle being ridden by the victim Travis Lowe and a van.

Travis Lowe sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the King Edward Memorial Hospital by an ambulance for treatment. Travis Lowe succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday 2nd August, 2016. Travis Lowe at the time of his death was 23 years of age and the father of two children.

“The death of Travis Lowe is the ninth road fatality on our roads this year. However, this collision is not like other collisions as the circumstances surrounding this collision are very suspicious and a criminal investigation has commenced.

“There is evidence that Travis Lowe was being chased by another motorcyclist along Horseshoe Road and in his attempt to get away from his chaser collided with the van in question.

Bike Van Collision Bermuda, July 26 2016-2

“There is also evidence that the chase travelled west along Horseshoe Road, onto South Road, turned left and headed in easterly direction.Through the Southampton Rangers sports club and back onto Horseshoe Road in an easterly direction.

“The bikes were travelling at a high rate of speed, in an erratic manner that caused oncoming traffic, in particular at South Road and Horseshoe Road junction with Rangers Sports Club to take evasive action to avoid colliding with these cycles.

“The vehicles and onlookers that were at this particular junction are of interest to the police investigation and we would like to speak with you.

“Additionally, we are appealing to the members of our community that were on Horseshoe Road and witnessed the chase to also contact us.

“We are aware that some persons that live in the Horseshoe Road community may have CCTV cameras at their residences. We would also like to hear from you.

“Finally, we are aware that persons living in the Horseshoe Road community may have recorded the chase; we would like to hear from you as well.

“Travis Lowe leaves two young children behind, family and friends that will never see him again.

“The circumstances surrounding his death are very unfortunate and his life did not have to end this way. Any information that you have that can assist the police in this investigation will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

“We are calling on our community to be bold, courageous and help bring closure to Travis Lowe’s family. Anyone with information can contact the Senior Investigating Officer: Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith at 717-0864 or e-mail jsmith2@bps.bm or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 1-800-433-8477.

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