Palma.—National Police headquarters in Palma yesterday issued a public apology over an accident last Sunday in which an unmarked police car knocked down and killed a German cyclist. The vehicle reportedly fled the scene.

The statement also said that two policemen, one of whom is a police Inspector, have been arrested as part of the investigation into the tragedy and appeared before magistrates yesterday in Palma. One of the officers failed a breath test at the time of the arrest. They arrived at court covering their faces.

Police headquarters confirmed that the two policemen belong to a Provincial Brigade and were off-duty at the time of the hit and run accident. The Traffic department of the Guardia Civil are taking charge of the investigation.

The cyclist was apparently hit on the Cap Blanc road in Llucmajor. According to the version given yesterday by police headquarters, when the car struck the 64-year-old German woman, she was catapulted off the road straight into a tree, “and was killed almost instantly.” National Police said that they “deeply regretted” what had happened and said that on the day of the accident, senior officials from headquarters had got in touch with the victim's family, expressing condolences and saying that officers would be at the service of relatives if there was anything at all they could do. Officials also gave assurances that a full inquiry was being held into the tragedy. Meanwhile, the two off-duty policemen currently under arrest spent Sunday night in police cells in anticipation of their court appearance yesterday. The driver of the hit and run vehicle is to be accused of death by dangerous driving whilst he was under the influence of alcohol, and of failing to alert Emergency services following the accident as is required by law. The charges against the driver will include the fact that he intentionaly fled from the scene in order to avoid having to account to the forces of law and order.

The driver's companion will also be accused of fleeing the scene of the accident without attempting to give proper help to the victim. Details of the hit and run tragedy being released by police headquarters confirmed that it occurred at 10.30am on Sunday morning at the 7 kilometre mark of the MA-6070 main road in front of the Puig d'en Ros residential complex in the municipality of Llucmajor. The 64-year-old victim had been cycling alongside her husband and a group of German fellow enthusiasts when she was struck by the unmarked vehicle.

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