Woman arrested after biker dies in A3 road collision

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The Portsbridge Roundabout / A3 at Hilsea, toward Cosham. Picture: Google Street View

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A MOTORCYCLIST was killed when his bike crashed into a car on a major road.

The 55-year-old man, from Havant, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the A3 near Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

It happened on the southbound carriageway of the road at around 8.10pm on Friday.

His dark-coloured motorbike had collided with a dark-coloured hatchback car.

The driver of the car, a 22-year-old woman from Havant, has been arrested and released on bail over the incident.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: ‘As a result of the collision, the male rider of the motorbike, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘The collision involved a dark-coloured motorbike and a dark-coloured hatchback car.

‘The driver of the other vehicle, a 22-year-old woman from the Havant area has been arrested and released on police bail.’

Police have not yet released the name of the motorbike rider.

Officers from the Fratton roads policing unit are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

They also want to hear from anyone who may have seen either the car or the motorbike before the crash happened.

Police closed the road for several hours on Friday night. Motorists were diverted off the A3 from 9pm at its junction with the A272.

Southbound travellers were directed along a different route and people were being advised to avoid the area. The road was reopened in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tim Speller, the manager of Queen Elizabeth Country Park, said: ‘Fortunately accidents like this are usually no more common here than they are anywhere else.

‘What we sometimes see is small incidents where people demolish signs and things like that but thankfully serious accidents are rare.’

Anyone with information can contact the officers at Fratton police station by calling 0845 045 45 45.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.