The recent road traffic collision that left two Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers literally run down at a checkpoint, leaving one in critical condition, is “yet another incident” that points up the “complete disregard for the lives of others”.
This from One Bermuda Alliance MP, Ben Smith, the Shadow Minister of National Security on the serious road traffic collision that occurred around 11:15pm on June 29, that resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man on suspicion of driving while impaired.
At last check the soldier, who was in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was due to be airlifted to the United States for further treatment.
His colleague sustained a suspected broken ankle.
Two occupants of the car a 35-year-old male and a 27-year-old male were both taken into custody.
“This is yet another incident where people appear to show complete disregard for the lives of others,” said Mr Smith.
“Coming after so many acts of violence recently, when there have been so many calls for calm, this is simply beggars’ belief.
“The two Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers injured in an incident would have been volunteers who were put on the front line to help protect our community.
“What happened to them is beyond appalling,” he said.
My thoughts are with the families of these young men. I am sure they are wondering why their sons, brothers, nephews were targeted in this way when they were just doing their job for the country.
“I call on our community to bring an end to these senseless acts. We must be united in a common goal of protectng lives and livelihoods from the COVID crisis.
“We cannot, should not, be distracted by senseless acts such as this.”
The accident occurred at a checkpoint set up near Demco florists on South Road in Devonshire, when the car was “driven through the checkpoint at speed and struck two soldiers”.
Meanwhile, police are appealing for anyone with information to call 211, or the main police line, 295-0011.
A spokesman added: “The Bermuda Police Service once again advises members of the public to give themselves sufficient time to get to their final destinations before the commencement of the nightly curfew.”