19 March 2024

Motorcyclist critically injured after Shellharbour police pursuit

| Zoe Cartwright
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Police are investigating a motorcycle crash near Shellharbour. Photo: File.

NSW Police have announced they will investigate a police pursuit near Shellharbour after a motorcyclist was flown to hospital with serious injuries.

A NSW Police spokesperson said the incident was referred to the Critical Incident Investigation team from Wollongong Police District on Tuesday (19 March).

“A critical incident investigation is underway after a motorcyclist was injured in a crash following a police pursuit near Shellharbour,” the spokesperson said.

“Just before 11 pm on Monday (18 March), an officer from Lake Illawarra Police District attempted to stop a motorcyclist on the Princes Highway, Croom, nine kilometres east of Shellharbour.

“Police directed the rider to stop, but when he allegedly failed to do so, a pursuit was initiated.

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“The pursuit was terminated immediately due to the speed of the rider.

“A short time later, police found that the motorcycle had crashed into a median strip, with the rider, a 34-year-old man, sustaining severe leg injuries.

“He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.

“A crime scene has been established, which is being examined by officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit.”

An investigation has commenced into the incident by a Critical Incident Investigation Team from Wollongong Police District.

Those investigations will be subject to an independent review.

Anyone with information or dashcam vision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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