Police Confirm Death Of 51 Yr Old Melvin Smith

August 5, 2014

cup match crash 2014 (2)[Updated] The police have confirmed the tragic news that 51 year old Melvin Smith, who was in the tent that a car driver crashed into over the Cup Match holiday, has died.

The collision occurred just before 6am on Saturday morning, and saw the driver crash into two parked cars and then crash into a tent.

Mr and Mrs Smith were asleep in the tent, and both were rushed to hospital after the collision.

On Saturday morning, the police confirmed that the driver of the car — a 19 year old man — was arrested for suspicion of driving whilst impaired.

In a statement issued today, a police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can confirm the death of 51 year old of Melvin Smith of Billy Goat Hill in Warwick who died as a result of a road traffic collision where a car went off the road along Kindley Field Road in St. George’s, colliding with unoccupied parked cars as well as the tent where Mr. and Mrs. Smith were sleeping at around 5:50am Saturday, August 2nd.

“Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone with any information to please contact PC Ian Moe 2950011. A family liaison officer has been assigned the family and an active investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is now underway.

“The Bermuda Police Service extends our sincere condolences to the family and the friends of the deceased. This marks the 9th Road Traffic Fatality for 2014.

“His 44 year old wife is on a General ward recovering from her injuries.”

Update 7.55pm: Audio statement from Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines

Update Aug 6, 10.11am: Opposition Leader Marc Bean said the PLP “joins with Bermudians in mourning the passing of brother Melvin Smith and celebrate his life and the family he leaves behind. In this sad time, words cannot convey the depth of pain and sorrow those who knew and loved him must be feeling. Our prayers and sympathy go out to the family during this time of bereavement.”

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  1. Carrie says:

    My deepest condolences go out to the family, what a tragedy :(

  2. das says:

    So Sad….

  3. Pearl says:

    This is TERRIBLE!!! My heart goes out to his wife and family!

  4. TWILIGHT says:

    This Is Really Sad. So Sorry for the family and friends.

  5. Sunshine says:

    I am devastated to hear the news of the death of Mr. Smith. What a tragedy I so hoped that he would survive this accident. My most sincere sympathy to his entire family. I wish his widow a full recovery.


  6. omg says:

    Praying for the family. How awful

  7. St D says:

    How terribly tragic.

  8. Say say say says:

    Very sad.

  9. Real talk (original) says:

    Tragic. Heartbroken for his family.
    Praying for comfort and strength at this time.

  10. Catherine DL says:

    Devastated. So sorry. RIP Mr Smith.

  11. Angela says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and a speedy recovery to his wife. I will keep them in my prayers and hope that God gives them all strength at this difficult time.

  12. Rock watcher says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Mr Smith’s family and friends, so sad, we wish Mrs Smith a speedy recovery , you are all in our prayers

  13. 32n64w says:

    This is a tragic loss. Sincerest condolences to his family.

  14. blazer says:

    Oh Lord be with this family at this terrible time, in Jesus name we pray amen.

  15. Ronnie Viera says:

    This is very sad news! I feel so sorry for the family.

  16. serz doe says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain your family must be going through right now.

    Please Bermuda, think about the consequences of your actions before you do them.

  17. Tonya Howard says:

    Such a horrible and senseless loss. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife and his family. May the memories of happy and special times help ease your grief.

  18. Triangle Drifter says:

    This is so very tragic.

  19. just saying says:

    This is beyond belief…I so prayed that they would both be ok..My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Smith..I pray the community comes together to strengthen you t this awful,awful time..God Bless you all..

  20. Jayme says:

    My deepest sympathies and understanding to Mrs Smith and family. Wishing you a speedy recovery – God bless.

  21. positivity says:

    Sending condolences to the family. So senseless.

  22. somuchless says:

    I’m in disbelief. Wow.

  23. yamon says:


  24. Confused says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Smith and Family during this difficult time. May God bless and strengthen you.

  25. Sad News says:

    This is very sad news. Praying for a full recovery physically and eventually emotional for his wife. My condolences to the family and friends who were there at the camp site.

  26. WTF says:

    My deepest condolences to the Smith family as they deal with this terrible tragedy. There are no words to convey the depth of my sadness in my heart upon receiving this devastating news.

  27. Lioness on the rise says:

    Condolences to the family , I will be praying for all of you through this tragic time .

  28. Jules says:

    My prayers go out to Mrs. Smith and family

  29. Street Smart says:

    My sincere condolences go out to the Smith family during this difficult time. May God continue to bless you all, always.

  30. Alex Madeiros says:

    Mel, may you rest in Peace! You will be missed but not forgotten. God Bless Mrs. Smith and family and know that your extended family at Port Royal will always keep you in our hearts. No doubt this Grand Slam will be in your honor!

  31. Rumforbreakfast says:

    How very sad for the family. Absolutely tragic. My prayers go out to them at this time.

    All so very sad.

  32. Common Sense Talking says:

    My prayer is that God will give the family and friends of Mr. Smith peace that passes all understanding.

    • My sincere condolences goes out to the Smith family , and I’m also pray for the young man and his family

  33. ole Onion says:

    My Heart Cry with the Deepest of! Sympathy !!
    Condolences to the Family !!!!!!
    I Hope We Will Do Something POSITIVE response to THESE TRAGICALLY BEHAVIOR ON THE ROADS !!
    If you don’t observe The Golden RULE !
    We enable destructive behaviors
    Gaining the WORLD and Losing Our Souls !!

  34. onion gal says:

    This very sad, not only for the Smith family and those camping along side them at Ferry Reach, but for the young man that caused this tragic accident. Praying for all of them.

  35. Not all sense is common says:

    My prayers go out the the deceased and his family. This was a very unfortunate accident. My prayers also go out to the defendant and his family. May God give both families the strength and faith to help you to get through this trying time.

  36. BDA says:

    So devastated. R.I.P Uncle Mel! I juSt wantmy family to be strong

  37. joank says:

    My heart goes out to the Smith Family with deepest sympathy. What a sad thing to happen to any family. My prayers are with you all.

  38. Kieraaa says:

    My condolences to the family of Mr. Smith. How tragic, praying for all of the Smith family as well as the driver who also deserves sympathy. No one means for these situations to happen, but when they do so many people are affected over a inncoent accident.

  39. MYBLESSINGS says:

    My heart felt sympathies go out to the family of this tragic accident.I pray that God will wrap you all in His arms and comfort you all.Both families need our prayers at this time.