Police officer dies after East Yorkshire motorcycle crash

A police officer has died this morning nearly a day after the motorcycle he was riding crashed in East Yorkshire.

Russ Wylie

The Humberside Police motorcyclist, Pc Russ Wylie, 28, suffered “life threatening” injuries in the collision while on patrol at 11.30am yesterday on the B1362, Daisy Hill Road, in Burstwick, near Hull.

Pc Wylie was travelling with a second police motorcyclist when he was involved in a collision with a Mitsubishi 4x4 vehicle, according to the force.

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He was taken by air ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary where he was said to be in a critical condition late last night.

A message on the official Twitter account of the Humberside Police Roads Policing Section said today: “Our trusted, loyal friend, colleague and brother Russ Wylie sadly passed away at 10am today following the RTC at Burstwick yesterday.”

Mr Wylie was a roads policing officer based at Melton and worked predominantly on the south bank covering North and North East Lincolnshire.

Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable David Griffin said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that PC Russell Wylie passed away at Hull Royal Infirmary this morning.

“Russell was an experienced and highly respected roads policing officer who will be badly missed by all his colleagues and friends in Humberside Police.

“The loss of life of a colleague on duty is felt by everyone in the force. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Russell’s family.

“We are grateful for the numerous messages of support and condolence that have been received from across the country.

“Russell’s untimely death serves as a stark reminder of the risks that face police officers up and down the country day in and day out as they serve and protect the public.

“He was a popular officer who worked as part of a close knit highly professional roads policing team who are devastated by his loss.

“It is a tribute to their professionalism and respect for their colleague that they have immediately resumed their duties to make our roads and communities safer.”

Humberside Police said in a statement yesterday that the officers involved in the crash “were not responding to an emergency at the time of the collision and were travelling at normal patrol speed”.

A woman who was driving the car sustained minor injuries, police said.

Road closures were put in place after the collision to allow accident investigation work to be carried out and diversions were in place for a number of hours.

Police officers in Yorkshire and around the country tweeted their shock at the incident.