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Man dies after high-speed police chase

Published: 21 Jul 2011 07:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Jul 2011 07:54 GMT+02:00

A 22-year-old man died when he crashed his motorcycle in Stockholm late Wednesday following a police chase at speeds of up to 250 kilometres/hour.

Despite the 22-year-old's untimely death in hospital, the police have no plans to review their course of action.

A 17-year-old female passenger survived with almost no physical damage when the motorbike crashed into the rails at a road works, according to the police.

The motorbike was spotted travelling the wrong way up a one-way street and through traffic lights in central Stockholm on Wednesday night. An unmarked police unit gave chase.

"Then it went fast, but not extremely fast," said police spokesperson Diana Sundin.

The chase continued in the direction of Trollbäcken in Tyresö municipality south of Stockholm. The motorcycle then turned and the 22-year-old headed back towards the city, but then he changed direction again and continued on the E4 motorway towards Södertälje.

As speeds escalated to an extreme level the duty commanding officer order the chase to be called off.

"It went terribly fast, over 250 kilometres per hour," Sundin said.

Police patrols in cars were instead deployed at exits along the motorway, and the motorcycle was followed by a helicopter overhead.

"But that also had trouble keeping up," Sundin said.

The bike turned off the highway in Södertälje. At the local hospital the rider turned his motorcycle once again and headed back into Stockholm, once again on the E4.

"Then the commanding officer ordered that no police units be visible at all. Only the helicopter was allowed to follow the vehicle," Sundin said.

The accident occurred at 10.15pm by the Årstalänken tunnel. The motorcycle smashed into the railings at a road works just before an underpass.

The first police unit arrived within three minuted, followed by an ambulance 12 minutes later, together with a fire engine.

Both the 22-year-old driver and his 17-year-old passenger was transferred to the trauma unit at the Karolinska Hospital in Solna, where the driver was pronounced dead, according to Sundin.

"But he was alive before his departure to the hospital," she said.

The police had no information on Wednesday night as to why the driver had violated traffic regulations. There are pans to interview the 17-year-old girl at a later date.

There are however no plans to review police procedures during the chase, despite the fatal crash.

Diane Sundin argued that the police could have in no way contributed to the extreme high speeds.

"The helicopter had been flying so high that nobody could have seen it," she said.

Both the 17-year-old, and the late 22-year-old man, are resident in the Stockholm area.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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09:44 July 21, 2011 by newswede
Does anyone actually proof these articles?
10:02 July 21, 2011 by Snoopy!
Quote : Does anyone actually proof these articles?

wholeheartedly agree , did a work experience student write this gibberish
10:22 July 21, 2011 by J Jack
The fact that the pillion passenger survived is a miracle after being stuck on the back of a lethal weapon in the hands of madman.
11:17 July 21, 2011 by Heebz
@ newswede and snoopy. This article was translated using Google chrome from DN.se.
12:07 July 21, 2011 by axiom
this can't be a Google translate, it wouldn't have done spelling errors.
12:47 July 21, 2011 by BillyB
@newswede & snoopy

maybe you can ask for a refund of what you paid to access the site.

Oh wait...its free....stop moaning

an article about a tragic loss of life and you whine about a few spelling errors. shame
13:14 July 21, 2011 by eddie123
hmm... when death calls...
14:22 July 21, 2011 by Grokh
moron, luckily he didnt hurt anyone but himself.
16:47 July 21, 2011 by GLO
One less fool to feed.
22:01 July 21, 2011 by rise
Thank God that the 17 year old passenger survived!
23:19 July 21, 2011 by linds b
maybe people should spare a thought of the family members that may read or are reading!!! your insensitive comments!!! indeed everyone has a point of view but some tact would be much appreciated. after all he was a young man who made a bad choice and paid the highest price his life!
13:43 July 22, 2011 by Borilla
Another organ donor to be thanked. Family members of the family of a 22y/o man who manges to kill himself and almost kill a 17 y/o girl should be asking themselves why and what they did to contribute to the problem.
15:55 July 22, 2011 by tadchem
The guy was showing off for his chick. He was driving under the influence of testosterone.
18:07 July 22, 2011 by skylarkpilot
The article fails to mention the make and type of the motorcycle.

Was this perhaps the end of the idiot who regularly posts videos of himself baiting Police vehicles and driving at extreme speeds around Stockholm ?

YouTube is full of these vid's featuring a Hyabusa.

I think the fact that he only killed himself is fortunate.

The young lady who was on the back of the bike does need her head very carefully examined, and not for injuries likely to have been received in the crash.
01:38 July 23, 2011 by vladpootin
People - Ghostrider is a pro bike racer - Never try to imitate him...via car, bike or scooter. RIP.
07:05 July 23, 2011 by martyc
Borilla ,you have got to be joking, the guy was 22 years old and your blaming his parents for his upbringing having contributed to him doing this? Silly comment.
09:38 August 17, 2011 by lennyV
Exactly! Parent's upbringing might contributed but he's already in right age that is enough for him to make decisions for himself and he just made the wrong decision in entering the particular situation. There something that linger in my mind. Why are these people enter situations that would ruin their lives? The society suffers a lot from the deeds of these individuals who keep on disobeying the law. Just recently, an Oregon pair were imprisoned following a high-speed chase by law enforcement in 2 various states. The male, wanted in a shooting incident, was foiled when he tried to hijack a car but was not able to operate the manual transmission. Article source: Getaway thwarted when suspect is not able to drive a stick. It happened last Sunday. Maybe these kind of person have their own reasons in doing such but I think those reasons are still not enough to justify their deeds that ruin the society and their own lives.
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