Bermuda recorded two road traffic fatalities on our roads following a spate of collisions on Tuesday (May 4) – one of them claiming the life of an 81-year-old pedestrian and the other claiming the life of 56-year-old Marvin Lambe.
Leon Thomas, 81 and Marvin Lambe, believed to be a Smith’s Parish resident, both died after two separate collisions that occurred within minutes of each other.
Their deaths mark both the third and fourth road traffic fatalities recorded on our roads so far this year.
A police spokesman said: “Despite lifesaving efforts at the crash site and being rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, sadly Mr Lambe was later pronounced dead.
“Mr Thomas, from Southampton, was seriously injured around 5.47pm yesterday, when he was struck by a motorcycle as he tried to cross South Road in Southampton near the junction of Lighthouse Road.
He was hit by a motorcycle travelling west and later succumbed to his injuries and pronounced dead at King Edward VII Hospital.
“The motorcyclist involved, said to be a 19-year-old Paget man, apparently sustained injuries to his leg and back and was admitted to the hospital for treatment.
“He was also arrested and later bailed in connection with this fatal collision.”
Just prior to that fatal accident, Mr Lambe, of Smith’s Parish sustained serious injured in another road traffic accident on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish.
Police say the motorcyclist collided with the back of a car that had stopped to allow two people to use the pedestrian crossing near the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
“Despite life-saving efforts at the crash site and being rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, sadly Mr Lambe was later pronounced dead,” he said.
“The two pedestrians struck by the motorcycle, said to be a 53-year-old Devonshire man and a 27-year-old Hamilton Parish woman, were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and later discharged.
“The driver of the car, said to be a 38-year-old Hamilton Parish woman, was not hurt.”
Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell said at a news conference held this afternoon: “Some people have taken the liberty of that reduction in traffic on the roads to drive faster, ride carelessly, dangerous driving – we are seeing and increase in that.
“We are seeing the social media posts of people who are fed up with it and don’t want to drive on the roads because of the dangerous activity that is occurring.”
He reiterated the appeal for motorists to slow down and drive more carefully with a warning that police plan to step up their physical presence on our roads to enforce the law.
But he said: “There is no amount of policing we can do to substantially calm down the roads – that comes down to individual choice and decision making.”
As a result, he said: “We are asking people to be conscious of the decisions they are making so they are not getting caught speeding and not getting in collisions.”
Chairman of Bermuda’s Road Safety Council, Dennis Lister III appealed to the island’s motorists to slow down as well and drive with caution.
“In the last 24 hours we have seen a spate of road collisions and we ask and implore motorists to drive safer,” he said.
“Slowing your speed, paying attention, not using electronic devices and minimising distractions are all ways to reduce collisions.
“We all share our roads, and must do our part to make them safer.”
Both fatal accidents are now under investigation in addition to a third collision that occurred on South Road near Devonshire Bay.
The two people involved in that collision involved a 40-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, both from Sandys, who were both injured when their motorcycles collided around 6pm.
“The 21-year-old woman was riding east along South Road and attempted to turn onto Devonshire Bay Road, while the 40-year-old man was riding west along South Road, when the collision occurred,” the spokesman said.
“Apparently the 21-year-old woman sustained facial injuries, while the 40-year-old man sustained a broken rib and an ankle injury.
“At last check both remained in the hospital,” he added.
The appeal for witnesses to come forward to assist in all three investigations continues.
Anyone with information that may assist, who has “not already come forward are now asked to call the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1788 as soon as possible”.
The Bermuda Police Service also extended sincere condolences to the family and friends of both victims.