Florida biker killed in hit and run: Witnesses say cops were chasing the car
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Witnesses say a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy was chasing a car when it hit and killed a biker, then took offl. It happened in Riviera Beach Friday according. tolocal news reports.
Various posts on social media allege that the driver who struck the motorcyclist was being chased by police at the time, causing the crash.
The chief of the Riviera Beach Police Department, Josh Lewis, released the following statement Sunday in response to those claims:
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“I have been informed that there are posts circulating on various social media platforms of a possible police pursuit related to the November 25 fatality of a motorcyclist. As you are aware, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the crash on behalf of the Riviera Beach Police Department. It is only from a thorough, prompt, complete, impartial investigation in which we have confidence to give you, the community, accurate facts related to this incident. It would be disrespectful to the deceased, passenger on the motorcycle, their families, police officers involved and the public at large to provide information without the investigation being complete. We can share with you that the motorcyclist and passenger were not connected to any police activity. Updates on the case will be provided when permissible.”
PBSO’s news release on the incident states the driver of a Nissan Altima SL was driving northbound on Avenue S and failed to stop at a red light as they approached Blue Heron Boulevard.