Senator Rabain Left Injured In Hit & Run Collision

January 4, 2015

1-Fullscreen capture 01042015 75754 AM[Updated] Opposition Senator Diallo Rabain will spend the beginning of the new year recuperating from injuries sustained in a hit and run accident that occurred on Friday evening [Jan 2] at the junction of Front Street and Court Street, leaving him with a leg fracture.

In a post on social media, Senator Rabain said: “I was travelling along east on Front Street and someone decided to try and beat me turning onto Court Street. Apparently I clipped the back of the bike and crashed hard.

“The other driver stopped briefly, but then took off up Court Street. I heard a lady tell the officer the license plate of the bike so hopefully they can find him.

“Six weeks to heal a lower leg fracture,” added Senator Rabain, along with a #slowdown hashtag and a photo of his injury as pictured to the left.

Update 3.32pm: A police spokesperson said, “At approximately 6:45pm on Friday January 2nd, Police and first responders attended a report of a two vehicle road traffic collision that took place on Front Street in the City of Hamilton near to the junction with Court Street.

“It appears that two motorcycles were travelling along said road when they collided. A 43 year old Hamilton parish male was taken to KEMH via ambulance while the second rider continued along.

“At last check the 43 year old male was listed in a stable condition on a general ward.

“Police are appealing for anyone who may have witness this incident to contact the Road’s Policing Unit on 295-0011.”

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  1. High road says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope the person who ran off is found and punished

    • Hmmm says:

      Yes, the other road user shouldn’t have left, get well soon Rabain.

    • Family Man says:

      I’m shocked to read of a motorist not taking responsibility for their actions.

      Nah, not really. It’s Bermuda. That’s the norm.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        And although the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is that they were DUI I’d bet that they were in fact driving whilst disqualified and or without license , no insurance or under age .

        With that mindset who’d have the morals to hang around ?

  2. Me says:

    Feel better Mr Robain ..

  3. Tuck says:

    Sorry about your accident Senator Rabain. I hope they catch the coward. Heal all quickly.

  4. J Starling says:

    Sorry to hear this. Get well soon!

  5. Franklin jr says:

    Perhaps now these will be taken seriously? There have been several of these over the past few years, often resulting in worse injuries than the Senator sustained… still unsolved, no real police followup etc – how do you hide/fix a car with fairly substantial damage on a 21sq mi island??

    All the best for a speedy recovery Senator Rabain

    • Naive Observer says:

      It was a bike, not a car. Sen. Rabain indicates it was a clip, so possible the other bike is not even much damaged. Certainly not enough that the other rider could not take off.

      Hope they find the other rider, but the rider will probably claim someone else “borrowed” his bike, it wasn’t him, etc. The other rider would be in serious trouble leaving the scene of an accident!

      Given he took off I’d give even money on a bet that the other bike was not insured.

    • Wow says:


  6. Tony Brannon says:

    Be well Senator….
    The number of times runners, walkers, cyclists are abused by SOME of the motoring public is scary. Hit & Run is horrible. They must have been High or Drunk or complete jerks…. to hit someone and drive off is inexcusable. It is indeed criminal.
    Once again, hope to see you up and around soon.

  7. PJ says:

    There should be mandatory prison sentences for those who fail to stop after an accident. There are far too many of these hit and run accidents!!!

    • Tolerate says:

      PJ, you are correct. It’s human to error; but to leave some-one injured in the road, unconscious or in need of immediate medical attention is heartless.

  8. Hmmm says:

    Was rabain in a car or on a bike? Doesn’t say.

  9. Jennifer says:

    This is just unacceptable behavior and it is very concerning that one human being would leave another on the ground injured and not attend to them.. Hope you heal quickly Senator!

    • nanna says:

      So sorry to hear! this appears to be the normal behavior of the driving public, they just don’t have any respect for other road users. Thursday evening my Granddaughter was driving home from work as she approached the entrance to the Warwick Riding School a Green Jeep pulled right out in front of her causing her to take evasive action as a result she and the bike ended up in the road. That driver never kept going, never to be seen again. If not for the quick action of the people in the nearby houses who managed to halt the oncoming traffic including a bus she would have been run over. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE, AND SOON. speedy recovery Mr. Robain. be safe.

  10. Trust issues says:

    This guys like a child, you know how many hit and runs there are in Bermuda? Why is this one so much more important… Politics hurt. Get better though because I know some kids who haven’t recuperated from their hit and runs till this day. Happy New year. As you were

  11. chipp says:

    All depends on who your are he said he clipped the back? Of the bike rules change now

    • hmmm says:

      Am I right in saying you think that Rabain hit the back of the bike and was therefore in the wrong?

      Rabain would have had the right of way most likley

      What we do not know is what vehicle Rabain was driving and the respective speeds of both vehicles.

  12. Self says:

    Get well soon Sen. Rabain!! I hope they catch the low down coward that fled the scene of the accident. It’s fortunate that the lady got the license plate number, but I’ll bet my bottom dollar the perp “lent” his bike to a mysterious stranger whose name he doesn’t know!!!

  13. Artsy Onion says:

    Needless to say disgusting that the sob left the scene of the accident . . . No morals let alone breaking the law! Chances are as Tony said the person was either drunk or high, but perhaps unlicensed or off the road that they took off. Hopefully, the person will be brought before the courts & will be found guilty. Meanwhile, I hope the senator & many others are on the road to recovery that have been injured by hit & run cowards!

  14. KAS18 says:

    Some people are just so cold.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  15. Dudley hill says:

    get well soon

  16. jt says:

    Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

  17. Foxy says:

    Geez, the roads are getting worse. Just yesterday, some guy on a bike weaved through all the stopped traffic at the stoplight outside speciality cinema and ran through the red light while people were already crossing the road. He passed right by some, they had to stop to let him run through. There was a woman crossing with her baby in a carriage too. They need to start putting traffic cams on these lights to catch people like this and get them off the road before they kill someone!

    • Self says:

      That really irks me! As a matter of fact, just yesterday I was wheeling my cart out of the grocery store with my toddler in tow. Although the exit is clearly marked, some idiot in a black car came tearing out the parking lot the wrong way. It’s a good thing I always look both ways or he could have struck us. What is so difficult about following the arrows and exiting the right way, even if it’s going to take you a little longer and you’re clearly in a hurry?
      All I could say was thank goodness it wasn’t a child or elderly person, or somebody that just takes for granted people are going to obey the signs and therefore not look both ways. There are way too many selfish and inconsiderate people on this island.

  18. tee says:

    Sorry to hear about your accident senator. Wishing you speedy recovery.

  19. UpsetwithVerdict says:

    Get well soon Senator Rabain….pls slow down Bermuda I mean is it that important to get there as fast as you can risking life n limb!?

  20. Van Martin says:

    This sucks! Get well soon Diallo! May the rest of your year be a happy one!

  21. Dread says:

    Hope they catch the culprit!

  22. mdb says:

    same thing happened to be about 8 years ago. Girl had no insurence

  23. something to look at in the future says:

    Maybe road safety will be the forefront of new legislation a of 2015. Many of these stop lights are faulty. Instead of the giveway each road should have it’s own green light and not give way to the oncoming traffic on a green light. More police directing traffic between 4:30 to 6:00 pm.


    There’s no pedestrian respect either on Bermuda roads. In Hamilton, most of the crosswalks are so faded and you take your life in hand trying to cross them. The bike and jeep drivers are the worse! It’s like the mantra is “get out of the way” even at a cross-walk. This is a scary place to be a pedestrian or runner on the road, very, very scary!

  25. Common Sense says:

    Wishing Senator Rabain a speedy and complete recovery. Unfortunately, hit and run, and other serious traffic offences are often treated by the offnders as a joke, even when they are taken off the road, because they continue to drive, Quite a few hit and runs are committed by people who are already disqualified from riding or driving so when they have an accident they bolt.

    One way of slowing down dangerous drivers and better controlling those people who ride or drive like lunatics, is to confiscate their vehicle for the length of time they are disqualified. Instead of fining them a large amount which they invariably do not pay resulting in there being thousands of outstanding arrest warrants for non-payment of fines, those who have their vehicles confiscated should be required to pay a monthly maintenance fee for storage of the vehicle e.g. $100 per month, and failure to pay for 3 months should result in the vehicle being sold off to pay for the storage fee.

    It’s time for creative solutions to the madness on our roads. Perhaps Senator Rabain could lead the charge!

  26. ole Onion says:

    Well accidents happen for obvious reasons nowa days !! Get well soon ! Too many stunt drivers going nowhere fast !!

  27. second says:

    the senator says himself that he clipped the other bike. How is this hit and run? Sorry to hear about his experience and wish him well but we must be careful how we are blaming another.

    • Creamy says:

      Failing to stop after being involved in a road accident is a criminal offence.

      You can’t just say “oh that wasn’t my fault” and drive off.

    • hurricane says:

      Simple……. it’s a hit and run in that(according to the good Senator)he had the right of way and the other driver came into his path.

    • Common Sense says:

      second’s question is easy to answer. The last time I checked the law, when the rider or driver of any vehicle is involved in an accident where someone is injured then they MUST stop at the scene and either wait for the Police to arrive or exchange names and addresses, and details of their insurance company. Is “second” suggeting that if someone believes that they are the innocent party in an accident where the other person is killed then it’s okay to just drive on. If so then the problem is far worse than we imagined.

      • Hurricane says:

        Exactly, either way you look at it, someone was hit and someone ran.

      • Creamy says:

        You’re right, except that in fact the legal responsibility to stop also applies even if there is only property damage. There does not need to be injury to a person. S42 Road Traffic Act.

    • Self says:

      @ Second…
      So, by your logic, if somebody hits you and you feel it wasn’t your fault, then you can just go about your merry way? So what happens if (heaven forbid) the person is seriously hurt or killed? You just don’t stick around because it wasn’t your fault? You need some serious mental help if this is how you think.

  28. Triangle Drifter says:

    Bottom line…another crash that need not have happened caused by impatience combined with stupidity now somebody who was doing nothing wrong on the road will suffer for 6 weeks.

  29. it’s to much of these hit & run accidents, I myself was involved in a hit & run accident, but i later found out who it was month’s later, God dosen’t sleep, I built up my nerves to approch the person & they just lol, the biggest mistake was that he pulled out his wallet & I took it upon myself to take all the $$$$ he had & I deared him to do anything to me. I lol @ this person. I took more $$$ than expected. I didn’t give a **** just like he didn’t give a **** when i was left with ingeries, up to today i smile @ him. smfh.

  30. stunned... says:

    This is the one time a “speedy” recovery is a good thing. All the best Senator.

  31. Y-Gurl says:

    Didn’t the million dollar CCTV system catch anything or is that another red heron for the public