Industrial Accident: 18-Yr-Old Dies

December 24, 2011

In a tragic start to the Christmas holiday, an 18-year-old Pembroke man died this afternoon [Dec.24] after receiving an electrical shock.

The police have now confirmed the death of the 18-year-old landscape worker following an accident at 11.45am today at a Smiths Avenue, Warwick residence. Police said there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, however an autopsy is anticipated.

Police confirm that he was working as a landscaper when he received an electrical shock. He was rushed to hospital via ambulance, where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, the Police and an ambulance all responded immediately after the accident. Police secured the scene, with crime scene tape surrounding a ladder and a hedge.

A police spokesperson said, “Around 11:45am on Saturday, December 24th police responded to a reported industrial accident at a Smiths Avenue, Warwick residence. It appears that a landscaper was carrying out work on the property when he received an electrical shock.

“On police arrival EMTs were already at the scene performing CPR on the victim, an 18 year old Pembroke man. The victim was then taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, where he was subsequently pronounced dead at 1:20pm by an on call physician.

“There does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances; however an autopsy is anticipated and inquiries are ongoing. No further information will be released until the next of kin have been notified,” concluded the police spokesperson.

On hearing of the tragedy, Premier Paula Cox said, “I am confident that I speak for the whole of Bermuda in extending heart-felt condolences and our thoughts to the family and friends of the young man who lost his life earlier today.”

Update Dec.26: Police have identified the young man as 18-year-old Kevin Ledo.

- Photos by Kenneth Byron

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  1. sad says:

    seen half of my friends balling their eyes out on christmas eve cause of this tragedy. RIP man, we love you.

  2. Sad says:

    My condolences to the Family. My the prince of peace give you comfort in your time of grief.

  3. Erica says:

    He was a lovely young man with many friends. He will be sorely missed. May his family find some comfort as they come to terms with this tragedy. My sons will miss him dearly!

  4. Walla says:

    Such a tragedy, Rest in Peace young man!

  5. mixitup says:

    lawd have Mercy! How do you cope with something like this Today of all days.. May his family find comfort somehow..wow sad

  6. It is hard to believe this has happened! Very polite young man….To the family, we extend our deepest condolences. He will be missed – especially by my son who went to high school with him!

  7. Harmony says:

    I don’t know who the young man is, but this is a very sad situation on what is one of the most family oriented holidays. My deepest condolences to his family and friends at this tragic time!!
    I feel for you all! May you all bring comfort to one another.

  8. May our Heavenly Father comfort this family and all families during this time. Cherish the good memories.

  9. PLP but not the Government says:

    Only God can give comfort through this kind of loss and pain. Please Lord be with them and draw them close to you and heal them as they feel Your love and receive the peace that surpasses all understanding.

    May his soul rest in peace until that great waking up day when you come to call us all to be with you in the place that you have already prepared for us.

    • Zumba says:

      Didn’t your god cause this loss and pain in the first place? Or wasn’t he paying attention.

      Is he cruel or incompetent?

      • CYGNET says:

        @ ZUMBA. What are you saying? This family has lost a loved one and you are making a stupid and nasty comment. Glad to know that a young man was working on Christmas Eve and was making someone’s garden nice. Very sorry for the accident that took his life. You need to apologize for your your ignorant statement.

        Lord I pray that you wrap your arms around this family. I donot know the family, but it does not matter. To the Family – My sincere condolences and I am apologizing to you for Zumba’s negative statement.

      • united says:

        Idiot! Actually, he used YOU to show that even at Christmas time there is evil in the world and that every Christian needs to pray for the lost souls such as yours. Fool!

      • Bermudian says:

        How can you make such a cruel statement, it has nothing to do with God! A family has lost a loved one and is in mourning. Obviously you have no care for the feelings of others.

      • Arthur - Atlanta says:

        Sorry Zumba but if you ever studied (not just read) the bible, then you will clearly in numerous places that Satan (the Devil) is responsible for death and destruction. Satan is the ruler of this planet.
        God unjustly gets the blame for mass death and destruction, earthquakes and floods.
        My sincere condolences to the family on your loss.

      • Sinking feeling says:

        @Zumba. You are a heartless son of a bi$&@! A family has lost a loved one and you come on here with this Sh$& May you burn in HE’LL If you so big and bad why don’t you post your real name jackass. And if you want mine it’s Denyse

      • Susana says:

        This is the most insensitive comment I have ever read. Bernews-Please could such posts be vigilated and removed? May his family feel much support and love by those who speak from thier hearts and not from their personal ignorance. Graca a Deus!

        • Deane says:

          Ditto Miss Susana;… Well spoken!!!….& to Zumba, despite your callous, insensitive ignorance, I’d just as quickly, wish & pray for the healing of your family member(s), were they to lose(god fobid)a child. Namaste!…xo

        • Politely Pompous says:

          Haven’t you ever heard of FREEDOM OF SPEECH? People like you annoy me more than people like Zumba annoy you. Zumba has a valid point and s/he is entitled to it. When things like this happen, the holy-rollers are so quick to spout off about God is watching over you/holding you/etc. etc. It’s a valid point to ask where was God when these things happen in the first place. It’s Zumba’s right to ask this, and since the holy-rollers have no LOGICAL explanation, they get defiant-typical.

          By the way, there is a scripture-Isaiah 45:7-that goes like this:

          I form the light, and create darkness: “I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (King James Bible)or otherwise said like this: “I make light and create darkness. I make blessings and create disasters. I, the LORD, do all these things” (GOD’S WORD Translation).

          It doesn’t say the Devil does it, it says God does it. I have my own personal beliefs regarding it (not enough space here to get into it) but I haven’t met a Christian yet who has been able to give me an explanation for this scripture. Anyone, anyone?

          • Rabo de Peixe says:

            We all know there is freedom of speech….but THINK of the young man’s family and have some reservation and RESPECT for them. No one is justifying the works of the Lord or Satan, just expressing disgust regarding such an insentive comment-and that is exercising my right to freedom of speech too!

            • Politely Pompous says:

              I agree that people need to be sensitive, but people started talking religion and going off-topic. Then someone suggested censorship-THAT is what I am disagreeing with. People always bring up God in these situations, and then get offended when they get called out on it-THAT is the point I was making. Not everyone is religious. Not everyone walks around with their nose stuck in a Bible 24/7. If we want to start censoring people who simply say things that some find offensive to their personal religious beliefs, then how about we censor ALL religious comments PERIOD so we don’t have this issue-how about THAT?

              • Kum bye ya says:

                People will continue to express thier beliefs through this medium. Just think of the family and their greif at this time-bickering over religion when a life has been lost just doesn’t make sense to me.

      • White Christ says:

        You’re evil!

  10. Not so proud today says:

    This sends shivers down my spine and I can only imagine the pain felt by the family. May this young man rest in peace and the friends and family receive support to come to terms with such a tragic loss.

    Tomorrow is promised to no one so people please continue to spread the love!

  11. tricks are for kids..... says:

    May God bless this family…words cannot express…He was an awesome young man…

  12. Second says:

    My condolences to the family and friends of this young man. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling, especially at this time of year. God bless you all and help you through this time of sorrow. The Lord be with you!

  13. The Truth says:

    Hearing this news brings a tear to my eyes. Brings back memorys if my loss. To the family remember whenever you feel you will never see light, feel warmth or be happy ever again, just remember, somewhere on earth right now, the sun is rising. My prayers and thoughts are with you..

    • PEPPER says:

      What wonderful words.. you are one of us who has felt the pain.

  14. freddyg says:

    Prayers going out to the family and friends of this young men !

  15. Condolences says:

    Zumba, it’s not the time or place for that type of comment. To the family of this young man,
    May God grant you His peace…

  16. DI says:

    RIP my friend

  17. Bermy dude says:

    I know the young man and its family!! very sad lost, we was a great young man.

    My condoleces to the family and friends!!

  18. bermie boi says:

    To the Family of the young man please accept my deepest condolences and sympathies during your loss. Lord God please watch over this family during this terrible tragedy. Zumba you need some serious prayer!

  19. Bermudian@heart.. says:

    On behalf of the family of this young man i would love to say to each and every one expect one THANK YOU.as for you Zumba you are in serious need of help go and get it man and hope its not to late ..

  20. Donville says:

    I taught this young man. I just spoke with him as recently as 3 weeks ago. I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life. He was a kind and gentle young man. I remember when he was 11 Years old and he told me he wanted to be a landscaper. He loved nature, the vegetation of our beautiful country and his desire was to do what he was doing from young. My sincerest and deepest condolences to the entire family. He will remain in the thoughts and hearts of all who knew him in his short journey of life.

  21. Karen says:

    How very sad! My heart aches for this family. Christmas will never be the same for them. RIP young man and I am wishing for his family peace and comfort in the days to come.
    Zumba get a life!

  22. KMHBermuda says:

    I don’t know how anyone recovers from something like this. My sincerest sympathies for this young man’s family and the hope that they have the strength to carry on and make sure he’s not forgotten. Prayers going out to them.

  23. Cordell W. Riley says:

    Our condolences and prays for the family and friends of this young man.

  24. Saddened says:

    I taught this young man. I can honeslty say that he loved nature and working with his hands. He was good natured and loved to laugh. He will be missed. May his family find comfort in all of the well wishes from everyone. He was a good young man and will be their guardian angel forever!

  25. So sad says:

    Condolences to the family & friends of this young man with lots of prayers to help you thru this tragedy.

    And as for Zumba, you have no respect for peoples’ beliefs during this time of mourning, shame on you.

  26. BDA Love says:

    This is so sad. Makes your heart break. So young and ready to live his life.

    May the family be comforted at this horrible time.

    Love and Peace in the New Year!!

  27. Berkeley Girl says:

    R.I.P Kevin……..i remember when we were in the same art class when i was in s1…..i’m really going to miss you!!</3

  28. Rockfish says:

    Such a tragedy – however what was his boss thinking by allowing him to trim hedges with all those utilities so close? Cablevision is running through the hedge – it also runs on electricity. I feel really sorry for the Landscapers who allow their employers to provide them with unsafe working conditions. I bet had the boss been up there working – he would have contacted BELCO to rubber up the overhead line for safety – Govt needs to step in and ensure that all Landscaping Contractors are aware of the safety hazards when performing property maintenance including people working on the road side. It takes an unfortunate accident for people to open their EYES!!

    • GoodIdea says:

      Not that this matters after this tragedy, but it’s not cablevision or BTC lines you need to worry about, it’s those high voltage lines right above the ladder which need to be carefully observed – especially while using a metal poled hedge trimmer while standing on a tall aluminum ladder. Sadly many don’t understand the destructive potential of these seemingly benign wires unless you’ve seen one short to another or to ground.

      Many years ago the power company in my home town used to travel to the schools with a “traveling show” to demonstrate the dangers of electricity. Watching a piece of wood arc across from a medium voltage line was enough to scare the pants off of me. It hammered the point into my head about being wary around power lines.

      Sad accident – condolences to the family.