Around 2:15am on Monday, July 2nd the 22-year-old was involved in a serious motorcycle collision on Palmetto Road in Devonshire near the junction with Aeolia Drive.
He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment where he remained for over a week listed in critical condition in the ICU. A hospital spokesperson confirmed that Mr Steede succumbed to his injuries, and his obituary appears in today’s newspaper.
Mr Steede was an extremely talented football player, best known as a major part of the Devonshire Cougars team where he was a prolific goal scorer.
He also represented the island internationally on multiple occasions, and was part of the bronze medal winning team at the 2007 Island Games. He also was part of the 2009 CONCACAF U/20 Championship team, playing in international matches against the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
After news of his death became known, social networks began to fill with numerous people paying tribute to the young athlete, with professional footballers Nahki Wells, Freddy Hall, and Reggie Lambe among those who paid tribute to Mr Steede.
The son of Cougars legend Cyril “Dago” Steede, young Mr Steede was an essential part of the Devonshire Cougars team. In 2011, he won the Bermuda Football Association [BFA] Young Player of the Year award. To watch a brief interview we did with Mr Steede last year click here.
This is the fifth road traffic fatality this year, and the third in under two weeks. 80-year-old Don Wildman of Florida died last week when the rental cycle he was riding collided with a wooden railing in Warwick.
Mr Wildman’s death followed after that of of 33-year-old German national and Bermuda resident Christoph Nagel who was killed a motorcycle accident in Hamilton parish on on July 1st.
48-year-old Michael Lancelotta, a visitor from Rhode Island, was killed in a motorcycle accident in St George’s on February 18, and 37-year-old Dr Joseph Footitt, a visitor from the UK, died following a motorcycle accident on Harbour Road on June 13.
A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 22 year old Tumaini Steede of Devonshire. Mr. Steede was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision that occurred around 2:15am on Monday, July 2nd along Palmetto Road in Devonshire near the junction with Aeolia Drive.
“He was admitted to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit as a result and ultimately succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, July 11th.
“The investigation into this fatal collision is ongoing and a Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to Mr. Steede’s family to assist them during this difficult time.
“Police continue to encourage any witnesses, particularly anyone who may have been traveling through the Palmetto Road, Devonshire area around 2am Monday, July 2nd or anyone with any information regarding this incident, to contact PC Shantia Furbert at the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011.
“The Bermuda Police Service extends condolences to the family & friends of Mr. Steede.”
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