Basseterre, St. Kitts, 8th July, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Police have dispelled notions that the death of 20-year-old Tau Johnson of Buckley’s Housing Project was caused when a chasing police car threw him off the bike he was riding.
According to a Police press statement, Johnson was riding a motorcycle on 7th July, when Police requested him to stop in College Street Ghaut. Instead, Johnson rode off and Police gave chase in their vehicle.
Police said the fleeing Johnson ‘ran a red light’ at Bakers Corner.
Riding the bike up Wellington Road, Johnson weaved among vehicles before losing control and falling from his bike.
Johnson was transported to the J.N.F. General Hospital via the Emergency Medical Service where he was later pronounced dead.
Police investigations so far have also revealed that the Police vehicle maintained some distance behind Johnson while in pursuit. At no point in time did the Police vehicle come into contact with Johnson or the motorcycle he was riding.
The matter is still being investigated by the Traffic Department and an appeal is being made to persons who witnessed the incident to contact the Department to share any information they might have with the Police.
An autopsy will be performed on the body of Tau Johnson to determine the exact cause of death.