Royal Motorcade Crashes Into Elderly Woman

A woman in her eighties is in critical condition after she was hit by a police motorcycle that was accompanying Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh. 

The Duchess was not present at the accident scene, nor was her vehicle involved.

London paramedics and an air ambulance initially treated the woman before being transferred to a hospital.

Sophie, the king’s sister-in-law, and a working royal, was at his coronation on May 6, just days before the disaster.

According to a representative for the Metropolitan Police Department, the woman was injured after a police motorcycle struck her in west London.

It happened on Wednesday, May 10, at about 15:21. A police escort motorbike collided with a public member at the intersection of Warwick Road and Cromwell Road in the SW5 district of London. A woman in her eighties was evacuated to the hospital with the help of the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance.

The police stated that she was in a severe state in the hospital. Her loved ones have been notified. No more injuries have been reported. Investigations into the cause of the crash continue.

Sophie wed Prince Edward, the king’s younger brother, in 1999; her title was just raised from Countess of Wessex to Duchess of Edinburgh.

After Saturday’s crowning, the couple was spotted on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the couple’s two younger children, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Sophie and Edward had attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace with the Prince and Princess of Wales the day before the disaster.

The police said that while the scene is being taken care of, the road will remain closed. The Directorate of Professional Standards was notified as is standard procedure.

A palace spokesperson informed that the Duchess is praying for the injured woman and her family. She appreciates the quick action of the emergency services.

While the matter is still being looked into, “further comment at this time would not be appropriate,” the statement read.