Police watchdog looks into motorcycle crash

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THE INDEPENDENT Police Complaints Commission is investigating after a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision moments after police tried to pull him over.

The 18-year-old, from Chichester, had made off after police attempted to stop the motorcycle because the male pillion passenger was not wearing a helmet.

The motorcycle then collided with a Volvo on Market Avenue, Chichester, at 3.50pm, Wednesday.

The male rider suffered serious head injuries and was air lifted to hospital, London but his injuries are no longer thought to be life threatening.

The pillion passenger was taken to St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, with minor injuries and the driver of the Volvo was not injured.

Neil Coyte, a spokesman for the IPCC, said: ‘I can confirm we have received a referral in relation to the Chichester road traffic incident and we are conducting an assessment at the moment before making a decision as to whether we will have any involvement.’

Witnesses should contact police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1081 5 October 2011.