Northern Ireland

Motorcyclist dies following collision with police vehicle

The incident took place on Wednesday near Maydown Police Station

A picture of Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards died in a collision with a police car in Derry

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision involving a police vehicle in Derry, the PSNI has confirmed.

The incident, which took place on Wednesday afternoon near Maydown police station, involved “a contracted member of police staff and a motorcycle”.

The victim was being named locally on Thursday as Richard Edwards from Strathfoyle. It is understood he was aged in his sixties.

Dozens of tributes have been posted online from friends, sporting teams and political representatives.

Inspector Cherith Adair from the PSNI’s Collision Investigation Unit said: “A report was received shortly after 1pm of a collision involving a police vehicle driven by a contracted member of police staff and a motorcycle in the vicinity of Maydown Police Station.

“Officers attended the scene along with our colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, however the motorcyclist sadly passed away later in hospital.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this time and an investigation to establish the circumstances is now underway.”

The Collision Investigation Unit is appealing to anyone who may have any information or to anyone who may have been travelling in the area at the time and captured any dash-cam or other footage that could assist enquiries to get in touch.

SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan offered his condolences to the motorcyclist’s family and said it was “tragic news”.

Sinn Féin councillor Alex Duffy said: “There is awful sadness in the community of Strathfoyle with the passing of Richard following a road traffic accident. My deepest condolences to Rosie and the this very difficult time.”