Woman, 70, dies after being run over by motorcycle cop

Paramedics and a police officer at the scene of an incident (Stock photo: Politie)Paramedics and a police officer at the scene of an incident (Stock photo: Politie)

A 70-year-old woman passed away after she was hit by a police officer on a motorcycle at the finish line of the Olympia's Tour cycling competition in Beneden-Leeuwen on Sunday, the organizers of the event confirmed to NOS.

Several motorcycle police officers drove in front of the cyclists in the final stage of the race. According to the organizers, the woman crossed the road unexpectedly and she was run over by one of the motorcycles. She was badly injured in the crash and later died in hospital.

The accident happened round 3:00 p.m., according to the police. After the collision, the police and the organization decided to move the finish line and scale down the winners ceremony. 

The organization of Olympia's Tour released a statement expressing its condolences to the woman's family.

The police's Traffic Accident Analysis department is investigating exactly what happened. 

Olympia's Tour is the oldest cycling race in the Netherlands.