Sophie Wessex ‘deeply saddened’ by death of woman, 81, hit by police escort motorcade

Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, expresses profound sadness over the tragic demise of a woman who was involved in an accident with a motorcycle from the royal’s police escort.

According to an eyewitness, Helen Holland was forcefully thrown 40 feet across the road when struck by the motorbike at a junction in Earl’s Court, west London, on May 10. Regrettably, despite her valiant fight for nearly two weeks, Helen’s son Martin revealed to the BBC that irreversible brain damage ultimately led to her passing.

Helen suffered multiple broken bones and extensive internal injuries while utilizing the designated pedestrian crossing, considered a safe route, as recounted by her son. Today, a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace shared a statement, saying, “The Duchess of Edinburgh is deeply saddened to hear that Helen Holland has passed away.” The Duchess extends her deepest condolences and sympathies to all of Ms. Holland’s family members.

Sophie intends to privately reach out to the bereaved family, providing them with support during this difficult time. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has initiated an investigation into the incident. On May 19, they appealed for witnesses and collected CCTV footage from nearby properties for examination.

Amanda Rowe, the regional director of the IOPC, conveyed their concern for the woman who sustained life-threatening injuries and expressed thoughts for her and her family. The IOPC remains in regular contact with the family, ensuring that they are kept informed as the investigation progresses. The Duchess of Edinburgh closely follows the developments surrounding the investigation while grappling with the profound impact of the incident.

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