Alexander Doty <em>*Photo courtesy of Indiana University</em>
Alexander Doty *Photo courtesy of Indiana University
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8: The death in Bermuda of a popular American professor has made headlines across his home country.

Alexander Doty had only been in Bermuda a matter of hours when he was involved in a collision with a motorcyclist on Pitts Bay Road.

A small bouquet of flowers tied to a tree now marks the spot in Pembroke where the accident occurred.

The 58-year-old sustained serious head injuries and died in hospital on Sunday with family members at his bedside.

Concert

He was on his way back to his hotel after attending a concert when the accident occurred at 11pm on Wednesday.

David Thomas, 23, of Pembroke appeared in Magistrates on Monday charged with causing the death of Mr Doty while his ability to drive was impaired by alcohol.

He was not required to enter a plea as the charge can only be dealt with at Supreme Court.

Mr Thomas was released on bail and will re-appear in court later this month

Since Mr Doty’s death, tributes have flooded in from family, friends and colleagues at Indiana University where he had worked since 2008.

A Facebook tribute page that was set up by his friends has already attracted more than 500 members.

The page states: “Alex’s sisters and brother joined him in ICU at King Edward’s Hospital in the capital. Alex’s family is making arrangements to take him back to Texas when possible.

“We love Alex, as do each of you. Please keep Alex and each other in your hearts and share a favourite story about Alex when you have a chance.”

Lauren Robel, IU executive vice president and provost of the IU Bloomington campus said: “The entire IU Bloomington community mourns the unexpected and tragic death of Alex Doty.

Respected

“Alex was respected across the campus, and we will miss his voice and his presence as a faculty leader.

“We have lost a valued colleague with Alex’s passing, and our hearts go out to Alex’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”

News of Mr Doty’s passing was reported in the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana Daily Student as well as ABC 57 News and Fox 59.

Mr Doty came to Indiana University from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in English and film studies in 1984 from the University of Illinois-Urbana. At the time of his death he was working on a book with IU Associate Professor of English Patricia Ingham, titled ‘The Monstrous and the Medieval,’ an exploration of representations of medieval monstrosity in 20th century film.