Video: Police Press Conference On Fatal Collision

April 15, 2019

[Updated with video] Police have confirmed that a 21-year-old man has died following a collision in Sandys early this morning, with the collision involving a motorcycle and police car.

A police spokesperson said, “Police and first responders attended a report of a road traffic collision that took place on Main Road in Sandys outside of Willowbank Resort at approximately 1:55 this morning [Monday].

“Details are still emerging but it appears that a female police officer was responding to a call for service and driving a marked police car west on Main Road, when it appears that a male riding a motorcycle collided with the police car.

“This resulted in the 21-year-old Sandys man being taken via ambulance to KEMH where he subsequently died as result of his injuries.

“The scene has been cordoned off and is being processed by the relevant police officers.

“A full investigation into this road fatality has commenced under the leadership of Sgt. Dorian Astwood of the Roads Policing Unit and any witnesses can contact him on 247-1009 or 717-0849.

“No further information will be given until the next of kin has been notified.”

Update 10.48am: The police will be holding a press conference about this at approximately 11.30am, and we will stream live video.

Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 7-minute replay is below

Update 12.18pm: The police confirmed the death of 21-year-old Antoine Seaman following a collision in Sandys early this morning involving a motorcycle and police car, and also confirmed “that a formal notification has been passed to the independent body, the Police Complaints Authority, given the incident.”

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 21-year-old Antoine Seaman of Granaway Drive in Southampton and we extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

“We are sensitive to the fact that this fatality took place in the early hours of this morning and Antoine’s community are still coming to grips with this most unfortunate situation.

“Details are still emerging, but it appears that a police officer was driving a police car west responding to a call for service around 1:50am on Somerset Road in Sandys parish, when Antoine was travelling east on a motorcycle and the vehicles collided.

“The officer commenced CPR, with other police officers and first responders quickly arriving on scene continuing life saving measures. Mr. Seaman was rushed to the hospital via ambulance, however sadly he was subsequently pronounced dead at 2:29am.

“A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to Mr. Seaman’s family to assist them at this tragic time.

“It should be noted that contrary to reports circulating on social media, the deceased was not being pursued by police at the time.

“The Bermuda Police Service also confirms that a formal notification has been passed to the independent body, the Police Complaints Authority, given the incident. However, this is normal practice as required by legislation and also ensures full transparency to the investigation that will now take place.

“This applies to incidents involving death or serious injury – “Where an officer acting in the execution of his or her duty causes, or appears to have caused, death or serious injury to any person, the Commissioner shall, as soon as practicable, give to the Authority a written notice setting out particulars of the incident in which the death or serious injury was caused.”

“A full investigation into this road fatality is underway and is being led by Sergeant Dorian Astwood of the Roads Policing Unit.

“We are interested in speaking with anyone who can help us identify the last movements of Antoine from 11pm Sunday, April 14th until 1:50am Monday, April 15th.

“Sergeant Astwood can be reached on 247-1009 or 717-0849.

“This marks the 4th road traffic fatality for 2019.”

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