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Woman dies two weeks after being struck by police motorcycle escorting Duchess of Edinburgh

An elderly woman who was hit by a motorcycle that was part of the Duchess of Edinburgh’s police escort has died after suffering major injuries.

Helen Holland, 81, was struck on West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in Earl’s Court on the afternoon of 10 May.

Ms Holland’s son, Martin, said she died after sustaining “multiple broken bones and massive internal injuries,” the BBC reported.

He said she fought “for her life for nearly two weeks… but irreversible damage to her brain finally ended the battle today”.

He said she was using the “safe route of [a] pedestrian crossing” when she was struck by the motorcycle.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed her death late on Tuesday. Earlier this month the body said it was appealing for witnesses and had taken CCTV from nearby properties for examination.

A previous statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The duchess’s heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the injured lady and her family.

“She is grateful for the swift response by the emergency services and will keep abreast of developments.”

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