A police officer has hit out at shoppers who complained about a road closure which stopped them getting to an Aldi store – while a man lay dying in the street.
PCSO William Malcolm was attending to the scene of a serious traffic collision involving a car and a motorbike, ridden by 22-year-old Frank Mitchell-Shaw.
But as he clung to life with fatal injuries people, complained to the emergency services about not being able to do their shopping.
PCSO Malcolm took to Facebook to share his experience and said the incident in Exeter, Devon, on Friday left him ‘baffled’.
PCSO William Malcolm was attending to the scene of a serious crash involving a car and biker Frank Mitchell-Shaw, 22, on Friday in Exeter (pictured). He said the ‘sad’ event left him ‘baffled’ at people
But as the young biker clung to life with fatal injuries people, complained to the emergency services about not being able to do their shopping at Aldi. Pictured: PCSO Malcolm
He said: ‘This was really sad news yesterday that this young man lost his life in the accident.
‘Sometimes people really baffle me when we do cordons.
‘Some people were really annoyed that they couldn’t get to appointments, home, a boat trip, visit relatives and even shop at Aldi.
‘This young man is being cared for in the middle of the road in the rain and that’s what others are concerned about even when we tell them there’s been a serious accident.
‘As a fellow motorcyclist I would just like to send my condolences to the motorcyclist’s family but also hope the injured pedestrian recovers. RIP young man.’
After Frank tragically passed away, bunches of hydrangea flowers were left on the spot where he died, together with touching written tributes.
After Frank tragically passed away, bunches of hydrangea flowers were left on the spot where he died, together with touching written tributes (pictured)
One read: ‘Sleep tight in the forbidden city Frank, love from all of your fellow bikers.’
Further flowers were propped up on a nearby lamppost – the only signs that tragedy struck on that spot at about 3pm on Friday.
‘We are all shocked to have lost one of the most hardworking, well loved and respected members of our club so soon. RIP’
An 82-year-old pedestrian was critically injured in the same incident and is currently fighting for life in Derriford Hospital.
A wealth of emergency service resources attended the crash, including several police traffic units, two air ambulance helicopters, three ambulances and two rapid response cars.