Pedestrian becomes island’s second traffic fatality

TRAFFIC FATALITY – Police were on the scene of a traffic fatality that took place on Cathedral Boulevard and Settler’s Way, involving a bus belonging to H. Forbes Charter. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

An early morning traffic mishap at the roundabout of Cathedral Boulevard and Coral Road on Friday, February 9 not only brought commuters to a standstill, but also left a pedestrian lying lifeless in the street.

Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers responding to the scene, immediately cordoned off the area and diverted motorists and pedestrians away, as Scenes of Crime officers began their preliminary investigations.

Joggers, students and bystanders stood in shock at the gruesome scene, many trying to come to understand exactly what transpired in the moments before the young man met his demise.

Alphonso Pinder, RBPF Assistant Superintendent of Police attached to the Traffic Police Department revealed, “Approximately 7:50 a.m. this morning police received a report of an accident on Settler’s Way and Coral Road and acting on that information officers arriving at the scene discovered the lifeless body of a dark-skinned, young male lying in the street.

“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; at this time the identity of the young man is unknown and police are actively investigating this matter.”

This latest accident brings the traffic fatality count to two on Grand Bahama for 2018, as 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 injuries that ranged from serious to slight.

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.

Exactly one week later, 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 Rand Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Cautioning motorists and pedestrians to adhere to the rules of the road, ASP Pinder said, “At all times the motoring public as well as pedestrians should follow the Road Traffic Laws and Regulations that govern our streets. Therefore, we are appealing to the general public to buckle up, drive within the speed limit, before crossing a street ensure that the roadway is completely clear and do drive with care and attention.

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