Man Fleeing Police Involved In Fatal Accident

Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 08, 2018 (RSCNPF): A man was involved in a fatal accident on Saturday, July 07 while attempting to evade the Police.

The accident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. along Wellington Road in the vicinity of the Old Public Works Department. Preliminary investigations have revealed that 20-year-old Tau Johnson of Buckely’s Housing Project was riding a motor cycle when Police Officers on patrol attempted to stop him in the vicinity of College Street Ghuat. The Officers got out of their vehicle and signalled for him to stop and he did not. They returned to their vehicle and chased after him.

Johnson continued fleeing the Police and ran a red light at Baker’s Corner. While driving along Wellington Road, Johnson attempted to manoeuvre between vehicles, lost control of the motor cycle and fell. He was transported to the J.N.F. Hospital via the Emergency Medical Service where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigations so far have also revealed that the Police vehicle maintained some distance behind Johnson while in pursuit. At no point in time did the Police vehicle come into contact with Johnson or the motor cycle he was riding.

The matter is still being investigated by the Traffic Department and an appeal is being made to persons who witnessed the incident to contact the Department to share any information they might have with the Police. An autopsy will be performed on the body of Tau Johnson to determine the exact cause of death.

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