Mr Fubler — also known as “Smokey” — was a firefighter, and was also well known for his involvement in local sports.
The 29-year-old was involved in a motorcycle collision on Frog Lane at around 6am yesterday morning [Feb 2], colliding into barricades set up by the work area.
The badly damaged bike could be seen hovering by an excavated area on the Devonshire road.
A statement issued today [Feb 3] said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 29 year old Jevanie Fubler of Devonshire.
“Mr. Fubler was seriously injured when the motorcycle he was riding collided with barricades and ended up in an area undergoing roadwork along Frog Lane in Devonshire during the early morning hours of Saturday, February 2nd.
“Mr. Fubler was pronounced dead at 7am Saturday by an on call doctor at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to Mr. Fubler’s family to assist them at this tragic time.
“The investigation into this fatal collision is ongoing and witnesses, specifically anyone who may have been at the scene or travelled through the Frog Lane, Devonshire area between 1am and 6:15am Saturday morning, are encouraged to come forward.
“In addition, anyone who was with Mr. Fubler immediately prior to this collision or knew his whereabouts Friday night (February 1st) should contact PC Roger Fox at the Roads Policing Unit directly on 247-1157.
“The Bermuda Police Service extends condolences to the family & friends of Mr. Fubler,” the statement concluded.
The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service are often on scene saving the lives of others, and yesterday they faced the tragedy of losing one of their own. Senior officials from the Fire Service, including Fire Chief Vincent Hollinsid, arrived on scene yesterday in very somber moods.
Speaking in behalf of the BFRS, Divisional Officer Wenda Roberts said, “The Chief Fire Officer, Officers and members of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service would like to extend their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Firefighter Jevanie Fubler.
“Jevanie became a fulltime firefighter with the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service in 2009. After basic training he was assigned to the Airport Operations Division where he remained until his untimely death.
“Jevanie was instrumental in forming the Service’s softball team for the recent Corporate Games and was in the process of having the team participate in a friendly softball league due to start this month.
Mr Fubler is pictured below playing softball:
“Jevanie was a hardworking, dependable, friendly employee who will be sadly missed by all. Words cannot begin to adequately portray the tremendous sorrow that all members of the Fire Service are feeling in the wake of this loss.
“It is an extremely difficult time and we now must work through the grieving process as we honor a life that has been cut too short,” Ms Roberts concluded.
In what Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines called a “national crisis,” the island has seen a rash of road deaths lately, with five people dying on the roads already this year and six people dying in the last six weeks.
The death of Andrew Peniston on Jan. 6 was the first road death of the year, the death of Haile Matthews on Jan. 18 was the second, the the death of Torrie Baker on Jan. 19 was the third, and the death of Jason Darrell following a motorcycle collision on Jan. 26 marked the fourth. Last year had ended with tragedy on the roads, with Malik Weeks being killed in a collision on Christmas Day.
The police investigation into the collision that claimed Mr Fubler’s life is ongoing, and witnesses or anyone who was with Mr. Fubler prior to this collision or knew his whereabouts Friday night should contact PC Roger Fox at the Roads Policing Unit directly on 247-1157.
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