Rochelle Butterfield Dies Following Collision

March 1, 2017

[Updated] Emergency services responded to Kindley Field Road in St. George’s at approximately 1.30am this morning [March 1] where a motorcycle was involved in a crash that resulted in the female passenger’s death.

Police Media Relations Manager Robin Simmons said, “Around 1.30am, police and first responders were dispatched to a reported serious single vehicle motorcycle crash on Kindley Field Road in St. George’s.

Kindley Field Road Fatality Motorcycle Bermuda, March 1 2017 (1)

“Initial information suggests that a male motorcyclist believed to be a 51 year old Pembroke man and his female pillion passenger, believed to be a 47 year old Pembroke woman, were travelling in an easterly direction when they went off the road.

“The female pillion passenger was injured and received CPR at the scene by EMTs before being transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance where she later succumbed to her injuries.

“The rider is assisting police with their inquiries regarding the fatal crash. A full investigation into this fatal collision, the second of 2017, is underway and any witnesses should contact the main police telephone number 295-0011.”

Update 4.53pm: The police have now confirmed the death of 47-year-old Rochelle Butterfield.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 47-year-old Rochelle Butterfield and extends condolences to her family and friends.

“It has since been confirmed that Mrs. Butterfield was the pillion passenger on a motorcycle ridden by her 51-year-old husband in a westerly direction [not east as initially reported] when they went off the road along Kindley Field Road, St. George’s in the vicinity of Stone Crusher Corner around 1:30am Wednesday, March 1st.

“Despite lifesaving efforts at the scene which continued as she was transported via ambulance to hospital and on arrival, Mrs. Butterfield was pronounced dead at 2:25am.

“Her husband was subsequently arrested on suspicion of impaired driving and is expected to be released on police bail later today pending further inquiries.

“A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to assist Mrs. Butterfield’s family at this difficult time. An autopsy is anticipated and the investigation into the second road fatality of 2017 continues.

“Any witnesses or persons familiar with the whereabouts of Mrs. Butterfield in the hours prior to 1:30am Wednesday should contact the main police telephone number 295-0011.”

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