Another family is today still reeling from the impact of a hit and run accident that occurred in broad daylight, that left their loved one dead in the street at the scene of the two-vehicle collision.
The victim, a 23-year-old young man sadly succumbed to his injuries after the motorcycle collision with a car on Knapton Hill on Friday morning (June 26), near Knapton Estate Road in Smith’s Parish around 10am.
Police arrived at the scene to find the victim lying in the street unresponsive and was subsequently pronounced dead at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
He was his mother’s ONLY child.
His death marks the sixth road traffic fatality on Bermuda’s roads this year.
Now the hunt is on for the driver of a black car, who left the scene before the police arrived as the investigation into this fatal hit-and-run accident.
“Anyone with information on this fatal collision, no matter how insignificant you think it to be, is asked to call Pc Rawlins on 717 2123. The public may also call 211 or, the main police number, 295 0011,” a spokesman said.
On hearing the tragic news on Friday, Premier David Burt tweeted: “My heart is heavy. Please #Bermuda speak up. – DB”
Opposition Leader Cole Simons issued a statement as well on behalf of the One Bermuda Alliance, saying: “No parent should have to bury their child, and no parent should have to bear the added pain of knowing that their child was left in the road to die.
“As the One Bermuda Alliance extends its deepest condolences to the family of the young man who tragically lost his life in a hit-and-run accident today, we appeal to whomever has information pertaining to this horrible incident to come forth to the police or call the confidential Crimestoppers number at 800-8477.
“Please do not let this young man’s family suffer any more than they are. Please do the right thing.
“Meanwhile, we implore all road users to take their time on the roads and look out for one another so that we can make the roads safer for everyone.”
The appeal was echoed by the Bermuda Road Safety Council (BRSC) urging the driver of the car involved to “do the right thing and to come forward”, while extending “sincerest condolences” to the young man’s family.
“It is always saddening when we lose a life on our roads, but this case is even more tragic as it was a result of an alleged hit and run. No family deserves to hear of losing a loved one especially in this manner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. The community shares in your pain and grieves with you,” the BRSC said.
“To the person who was operating the vehicle that hit and drove off, we encourage you to do the right thing and to come forward.
“We call for any witnesses or any one who may have seen the vehicle in the area of Knapton Hill to report it to the police. Any little bit of information that is provided can be integral to helping solve this case.
“We also reiterate our call for motorists to drive with care, caution and to reduce their speeds. It is imperative that while you are driving to give your full attention to the road and to limit distractions.”