Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a traffic accident, which occurred late Monday (May 14) night that left a male dead and another male in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Superintendent Jeremy Henfield, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Traffic Division was on the scene and shared preliminary information with media personnel.
According to Supt. Henfield, on Monday, May 15 around 10:50 p.m., police were called to a traffic accident on Warren J. Levarity Highway, involving a group of male pedestrians and a grey Plymouth Voyager driven by a lone male driver.
“We would have come down to investigate this matter,” he said.
Henfield revealed that the group of pedestrians are visiting the island, while their ship was being repaired at the Grand Bahama Shipyard.
He added that they were visiting a local establishment for recreation and were on their way back to the shipyard, when the accident occurred.
“We’re just in the initial stages of this investigation,” he said, noting that there were four persons involved in the incident.
One of the male pedestrians succumbed to his injuries at the scene and a second male was transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH) via Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and is listed in serious condition.
Supt. Henfield noted that the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident remained at the scene and investigators were speaking with him, at the time of the interview.
Questioned about the lighting in the area where the fatality occurred, Supt. Henfield indicated that diminished street lighting may have been a factor in the accident.
“We know along this street there’s not much lighting, it’s very minimal and very dim,” he said.
Supt. Henfield took the opportunity to remind the motoring public to drive with caution and care, especially on dark roads and in busy areas.
“We’re asking you to drive at a speed that is comfortable where you can see,” he added.
Police are actively investigating this matter.
Monday night’s traffic fatality marks the island’s third for the year.
The last traffic fatality occurred on Friday, February 9 on Cathedral Boulevard and Coral Road, which also resulted in a pedestrian losing his life.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the victim attempted to cross the street from the southern-side of Settler’s Way to the northern-side, when he was struck by a 2001 blue and white tour bus.
The victim succumbed to injuries sustained at the scene.
The first traffic fatality to occur in Grand Bahama in 2018 happened on Thursday, January 25, shortly after 8:00 a.m. police were called to a traffic mishap that occurred at the junction of Grand Bahama Highway and Coral Road, which involved a red 2007 Nissan Cube with three occupants and a white 2001 Honda Accord with four occupants.
Both vehicles sustained extensive damages, with all passengers transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital for treatment of various injuries.
A male passenger of the 2007 Nissan Cube identified as 38-year-old Jamaican national Moses Omar Leopold succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident on Saturday, January 27.
Six days later, police were alerted to another traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday, January 31, shortly after 3:00 p.m., on East Grand Bahama Highway involving a yellow 1965 Mercedes Benz Unimog with 10 occupants that overturned.
All occupants received minor and serious injuries and were taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital via EMS personnel.
On Wednesday, February 7 another early morning, three-car collision took place on Queens Highway resulting in a family of three sustaining serious injuries; victims of that incident were transported to the RMH for treatment.
Police are appealing to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant (the tip) may seem, to anonymously call police at 919 or crime stoppers at 328-tips (8477) (New Providence) or 1-242-300-8477 (Family Islands).