...By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace stated that the Duchess of Edinburgh is profoundly saddened by the death of Helen Holland, who was tragically hit by a motorcycle that was part of the duchess’s police escort.
The spokesperson added that Her Royal Highness extends her deepest condolences and sympathies to Ms. Holland’s family.
Details of the Accident and Tragic Outcome
Helen Holland, an 81-year-old woman, was struck at the intersection of West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in Earl’s Court on the afternoon of May 10.
According to Ms. Holland’s son, Martin, she suffered multiple broken bones and severe internal injuries.
Despite fighting for her life for nearly two weeks, irreparable damage to her brain ultimately led to her passing.
Victim’s Son Highlights Pedestrian Crossing and Investigation
Martin Holland mentioned that his mother was using a pedestrian crossing, which he considered a safe route, at the time of the collision.
The incident has been under investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), who appealed for witnesses and obtained nearby CCTV footage for analysis.
IOPC’s Statement and Support for the Injured Woman
Amanda Rowe, the IOPC regional director, expressed thoughts and support for the injured woman and her family, acknowledging the severity of her life-threatening injuries.
The IOPC remains in contact with the family, explaining their role in the investigation and providing regular updates on its progress.
Previous Statement from Buckingham Palace
A prior statement from Buckingham Palace conveyed the duchess’s concern for the injured woman and her family, expressing gratitude for the swift response of emergency services.
The palace assured that the duchess would stay informed about developments in the case.