Plymouth Royal Marine killed in North Devon bike crash
A ROYAL Marine from the Plymouth area has died following a serious collision involving his BMW motorcycle.
Police investigators say the collision occurred at around 2.20am yesterday on the A361 at Braunton in North Devon.
A man was found in Exeter Road, just past Wrafton heading towards Braunton, suffering injuries.
He was treated at the scene and later taken by land ambulance to North Devon District Hospital
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Despite the efforts of medical staff he was pronounced dead at around 8.30am the same morning.
He has not yet been formally identified, but a Royal Navy spokesman has confirmed the man was a Royal Marine based at RMB Chivenor, which was a short distance from the scene of the incident.
He was understood to be in his early thirties and originally from the Plymouth area.
His next of kin have been informed.
Police have also confirmed the driver of a Volkswagen Bora was arrested near to the incident, on suspicion of drink-driving after providing a positive breath test.
The man – who has not been named – remains in police custody and is assisting officers with their enquiries.
However, it is not yet clear if these two incidents are connected.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "We'd like to hear from any witnesses who were in the vicinity of the collision and saw anything that may help police with their investigation.
"In particular we'd like to hear from or identify the driver of a light blue Volkswagen Transporter type van, with side windows, that we understand was in the vicinity at around the time of the incident."
The road was closed through most of yesterday while collision investigators carried out work. It was finally reopened at around 3.45pm. Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number DCP-20120626-0057.