37-Year-Old U.K. Visitor Dies In Crash

June 13, 2012

[Updated] Motorists are encouraged to avoid using Harbour Road and instead use South Road/Middle Road due to a collision, which has seen one person injured.

At 4.30pm this afternoon [June 13] a police spokesperson said, “There has been a reported serious collision on Harbour Road in Paget near the junction with Chapel Road. There are not many details at this time, however as a result traffic diversions are in place.

“Motorists traveling out of the City of Hamilton are being allowed to travel along Harbour Road until Chapel Road, where they are being diverted on to Middle Road. Motorists coming from the west end of the island can travel along Harbour Road, but they will be diverted prior to reaching the scene – most likely at Manse Road.

“At this time it appears that one person has been injured. The injured individual, believed to be an auxiliary cycle rider, has apparently already been taken from the scene to the hospital for treatment. ”

Update 6:21pm: A police spokesperson said, “Around 3:35pm on Wednesday June 13th, police and first responders were dispatched to a serious road traffic collision on Harbour Road in Paget between the junctions of Manse Road and Chapel Road.

“It appears that a rental cycle and a car were traveling along Harbour Road when they collided. The rider of the rental cycle, a 37 year old U.K. man was seriously injured and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

“His pillion passenger, a 36 year old U.K. woman was taken to hospital for treatment of reportedly minor injuries. There were no other injuries reported.

“Traffic was diverted from Harbour Road to Middle Road at the junctions of Manse Road and Chapel Road while collision investigators conducted inquiries at the scene. The road has since been reopened to normal traffic flow.

“No further information will be released until the next of kin has been notified. The investigation into this fatal collision is ongoing.

“This marks the second road fatality for 2012.”

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  1. REALISM says:

    hope they are ok

  2. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Schools out and kids are wanging on their bikes! What else is new.

    • Mmm says:

      ACTUALLY according to bda sun it was tourist and the man died. So get your facts straight before you make your ignorant comments!!!!!

    • wrong says:

      It’s too bad you were wrong, jumping to conclusions and insensitive.

    • wrong says:

      show some compassion for their families. You wouldn’t want them to say something like that about you now would you?

    • rock says:

      did you even read the title, let alone the article? or are you just an insensitive idiot?

      • Truth is killin' me... says:

        I posted before the death was announced and I offer my condolensces to the family however I still stand by my original comments. School is out and kids are wanging on their bikes. What else is new and if you can’t handle the criticism then you are probably one of the parents in denial until that cop comes knocking on your door at 3.40 am to say that your child is in traction at the hospital. Stop being in denial and attacking the messenger and have a talk with your kids before it happens to you! I see it everyday and if it upsets you then you are just a bunch of enablers anyway and are just part of the problem and not the solution!!!

        • Concerned Citizen says:

          Take a break idiot! Have some compassion. Even if you spoke to soon, what is the purpose of this rant above? I think we all get your point, but there is a time and place……….and now is not the time! Anyway, my condolences to the family in this most difficult of times. I hope the passenger makes a full recovery, in body and hopefully, her mind. May peace search and find you soon.

        • mixitup says:

          I see nothing wrong with your post buddy…its obvious you posted b4 the update, and you spoke of what you see on a daily, that will eventually be one of these students “wanging” on these lawn mowers that they call bikes. When the facts were updated you sent your condolences, but stuck by your point which is true.. Something wrong with these people on here, i’m sure you know that already.

          • What Next says:

            I agree i tell my children every day be carefull out their on the road might not be your fault either!!!!

    • Floats says:

      At least have the decency to apologise…

  3. SS says:

    HOw tragic. My condolenses to his family and wife. I wish they would reconsider renting bikes to visitors, or properly teach them. I have walked past a bike shop and i overhear them trying to teach the tourists but they seem to be rushing them to get to the next one waiting in line. Maybe they need more instructors.

    So sad to hear this news.

    • owner4comment says:

      My condolences to the family of the victim and your right there should be a better course training put in place and also if staff feel that the tourist are unfit for travel amongst our roads it should be handled accordingly. Everyday I see tourists who truly have no business on our roads timid, shaky, unsure etc.

  4. tricks are for kids says:

    No need to bicker….
    Lets focus on what the article is actually about….So sorry to hear..my condolences to the family……

  5. 32n64w says:

    Condolences to his family. Very sad news.

  6. SHOWANAX says:

    So sorry to hear this unfortunate news. If feel for the passenger, the family and friends of the rider,and the driver of car. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involoved.

  7. TJ says:

    My prayers are with the family, this is so sad.

  8. Dee says:

    @Tricks are for kids…I didn’t view the comments as “bickering”…I saw it as people calling out Truth is Killin’ me as the insensitive clod that he/she is…

    • tricks are for kids.. says:

      @ Dee thats your opinion….my use of the word ‘bickering’ can than be considered “calling out” people for using words such as “idiot” and the like because THEY did not APPROVE of the persons comment….BUT as I said lets FOCUS on the issue at hand………..

      • Dee says:

        “Bickering” means to argue over something petty or trivial…like your kids fighting over who gets the last cookie in the jar. That clearly does not apply in this case. Obviously people were incensed because the man died and they felt the poster was being insensitive….you should have determined that emotions were heated hence the fiery posts. No need to scold people like schoolchildren…like YOU said it’s all about opinion and everyone here is entitled to theirs. If the name calling bothers you so much, just ignore it. On a final note, my sympathies to the family and friends of the victim….

  9. Moment to moment says:

    So very tragic, my condolencies to his family and friends. Is there any way for tourists to be able to hire a three wheeled cycle??? I saw one going towards Dockyard a couple of days ago, surely this type of rental transport would minimize accidents.

  10. Sandman says:

    Anybody with a UK licence should be allowed to drive a car here. We drive on the same side as in the UK and our roads are no more difficult to drive on than English country roads.

    Most visitors are not used to riding a bike and it simply is not safe. The English are careful drivers on the whole – let them get behind the wheel.

  11. Moonbeam says:

    Sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

  12. Logic says:

    We still think that tourist should be allowed to rent bikes and ride on our roads that they are unfamiliar just to make money. Some have never ridden a bike in their lives. We have too many people on our roads as it is who still talk and text on cell phones while driving, drive over the middle line in the road and don’t move over when they see a car coming in the opposite direction, some just don’t know the rules of a roundabout, bikes swerving in and out of traffic at high speeds and most annoying don’t signal when turning. I might have went off on a rant but people’s careless driving annoys me and the cause of most accidents is because people don’t pay attention when driving/riding. Not saying that this is what happened in this case but I believe that we are responsible to make sure that no more tourist die on our roads because we have allowed them to rent bikes knowing they are inexperienced. My condolences and prayers to the family.

  13. Just a Thought!! says:

    my condolences to his family and friends and pray that the young lady makes a speedy recovery.

    on a side note:I have been thinking this as I have a sister who is 17 and is now a rider. Why is it legal for tourist who many have NEVER had experience riding a motorcycle be allowed to tow when our students have to wait until they are 18?? I remember when this law was first being hammered out and the main reason behind it…if memory serves me correct.. was to ensure their safety and the safety of the passenger. They wanted the younger riders to have experience before being allowed to tow. To this extent I agree but shouldn’t we extend this same safety percaution to our visitors?? If someone can I explain this I would greatly appreciate it.

    Again my condolences to his family and friends.

  14. mixitup says:

    Tragic…. My condolences to this Mans family and friends.

  15. whoever says:

    My prayers go out to the family about this tragic event. On the other hand too many of these road accidents and fatalities have been the result of a tourist riding on our roads. I think the government of Bermuda should reconsider allowing tourists access to riding motorcycles, cause its clearly doing more damage than good. Who wants to hear that their cousin went away for vacation and died on a motorbike smh.

  16. Bermyman says:

    Why do we rent these death traps to tourists!

  17. Huh says:

    But why do they continue to allow tourist to ride bikes??! Most of the people that visit Bermuda are not use to the feel of a bike and the way the roads are. If a tourist can just come to bermuda and hop on a bike, why do the the local teenagers have to take project ride for a couple of days?? And why are tourist allowed to tow when they sure as hell aren’t strong enough to balance the passenger, themselves and the bike? Bike rentals are just a money making scam to me, and whoever is in charge of it doesn’t care about the safety of Bermudas visitors. My opinion my not be relavent to this accident… But it has to be put out there, because I’m fed up of people coming on vacation and dying due to a stupid rental.