Police have named the victim of Bermuda’s sixth road traffic fatality as Clevonte Lodge-Bean.
A police spokesperson said: “Mr. Lodge-Bean succumbed to injuries sustained in a two vehicle collision, which occurred on Somerset Road, Sandy’s in the area of Morgan Hill, shortly before 9:30am yesterday, Sunday, November 8th.
“The investigation into Sunday’s incident continues and anyone with information is asked to contact, PC Ward on 247-1504 – direct line or, 717-0540 – mobile.”
Meanwhile, “a Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist Mr. Lodge-Bean’s relatives during this difficult time”.
“The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”
The promising record-breaking runner was also acknowledged by the Bermuda National Athletics Association on Monday (November 9).
“Regrettably, the roads of Bermuda have claimed the life of one of our top male junior athletes this past weekend with a promising future and we mourn his loss,” the association said, while extending condolences to the young man’s family and Bermuda’s “athletic family”.
Mr Lodge-Bean was acknowledged as a member of the Bermuda Pacers Track Club under the guidance of coach Norbert Simons, who travelled abroad with the club as a “consistent top performer”.
“He had become one of our most outstanding junior athletes,” the association added.
“Clevonte qualified for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, but unfortunately was not able to complete the race as he pulled his hamstring.
“In that same year, he was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year by the Pacers Track Club.
“In 2019 he was awarded one of the Government junior achievement awards as acknowledgement of his outstanding performances throughout the previous track and field season.”
Mr Lodge-Bean represented Bermuda in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Carifta Games in the 100m, 200m and 400m, as well in the 400m relay race.
He was also selected for the 2020 Carifta Games team in the male under-20 category for the 100m, 200m, 400m and 400m relay.
“This event would have been held in Bermuda in front of his home crowd,” the association added.
“We are confident that he would have put on a performance as he found added motivation through competition and always rose to the occasion, and as we say ’he showed out’ for a crowd.
“Clevonte was committed to the sport of track and field.
“We are confident that had he chosen to pursue track and field in university, he would have received an athletic scholarship and gone on to do great things.
“We will miss Clevonte’s enthusiasm, excitement and showmanship.
“We are so deeply saddened that he will not get his opportunity to compete in the 2021 Games in Bermuda.
“His indelible impact on the sport of track and field will never be forgotten and he will be in our thoughts.”