Motorcyclist arrested after woman killed in Eastern Road crash

CRASH Police at the scene of the accident in Eastern Road last night. Picture: Sarah Standing
CRASH Police at the scene of the accident in Eastern Road last night. Picture: Sarah Standing

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A YOUNG woman died following a collision between a motorbike and a car at a city road junction last night.

The 20-year-old was a pillion passenger on a green Kawasaki bike when the accident happened at the junction of Eastern Road and Airport Service Road in Portsmouth.

CRASH Police at the scene of the accident in Eastern Road last night. Picture: Sarah Standing

CRASH Police at the scene of the accident in Eastern Road last night. Picture: Sarah Standing

The rider of the motorbike, a 27-year-old man, received medical treatment and is now under arrest on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He is being questioned at a police station in Hampshire.

The Ford Focus driver, a woman in her 40s, was not injured in the incident, which happened at 6.40pm.

Police are in the process of informing next-of-kin.

Road closures were in place for several hours to allow specialist officers to examine the scene for evidence.

Inspector Richard Parsons of Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Death Investigation Team said: ‘We’re in the early stages of enquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this collision.

‘I’m appealing for any members of the public who saw a green Kawasaki motorbike on the Eastern Road in Portsmouth between 6pm and 6.40pm.

‘Investigating officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who noticed the manner in which the motorcycle was being ridden shortly before this collision occurred.’

Hampshire Constabulary said it would like to thank South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) for its assistance at the scene.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact the Road Death Investigation Team at Eastleigh police station by calling 101 and quoting Operation Cleavdon.

Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.