33 Year Old Man Dies Following Traffic Collision

January 5, 2015

[Updated: Police confirm the death of 33 year old Jereme Cumbermack of Sandys, marking the 1st road traffic fatality of 2015]

The spate of collisions continue, with this morning [Jan 5] seeing traffic delays due to a collision on Middle Road in Warwick.

The police have advised there was a major collision at Morgan’s Road and Middle Road in Warwick involving a car and a bike, and traffic has been diverted in the area.

One person is understood to be seriously injured, and while further details are limited at this time, we will update as able.

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Update 9.25am: Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines said, “At 7.50am police responded to a report of a road traffic collision that took place on Middle Road in Warwick in the area of Morgan’s Road.

“It appears that a 33 year old man was traveling east on Middle Road when he collided with a car traveling in the opposite direction.

“The 33 year old man was rushed to KEMH, however he was pronounced dead a short time late,” added Mr Caines.

“The scene is being processed by traffic collision investigators, resulting in the road being cordoned off and traffic being diverted to South Road and Harbour Road, and public transportation is being affected in the area at this time.

“Identification of the victim will be withheld until next of kin has been notified. This marks the 2nd road traffic fatality of 2015.”

Update 9.56am: The official police statement is below.

At 7:50am Police and First Responders attended a report of a road traffic collision that took place on Middle Road in Warwick in the area of Morgan’s Road.

It appears that a 33 year old man was travelling east when he collided with a car. The man was taken to KEMH via ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries.

No further information will be given until next of kin have been notified. Traffic collision investigators are currently processing the scene and as a result traffic is being diverted on South Road and Habour Road.

An investigation into this fatal collision is underway. Police are keen to speak with anyone who may have witness this collision to contact the Road Policing Unit on 295-0011

This is the second road traffic fatality for 2015.

Update 10.48am: Speaking at the scene, Mr Caines said: “There is an ominous reality right now. This is two in the space of five days, and we’ve had about three other serious road traffic collisions. It is very clear…people now have to consider this a major issue in our community.

“In the last 10 years, we’ve lost upwards of 150 plus men and women on our roads. This is considered a national health crisis. We’re going to need all of the agencies on board, as this, clearly, is not a good sign for our community – two road fatalities and we’re only five days into 2015.”

Update 11.59am: Police have made an amendment; saying that their initial classification of the death of Mr. Timothy Wright following a collision on New Year’s Eve in 2014 as the first for 2015 was incorrect, and his death is actually classified as the 16th for 2014, as it is noted by the date of the collision. This means that today’s unfortunate collision marks the first road traffic fatality for 2015.

Update 12.54pm: The police have now identified the road traffic victim as 33 year old Jereme Cumbermack of Sandys. The full police statement is below.

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 33 year old Jereme Cumbermack of Sandys who was seriously injured in a traffic collision that took place on Middle Road in Warwick near to the junction with Morgan’s Road.

It appears that Mr. Cumbermack was riding his motorcycle east along Middle Road when he lost control of his cycle and collided with a car. Following the collision, Mr. Cumbermack was taken to the hospital where he later subsumed to his injuries.

A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to Mr. Cumbermack’s family to assist them at this difficult time and a full investigation into this fatal collision is underway. The Bermuda Police Service continues to appeal for any witnesses to this fatal collision, to contact PC Sean Hassell the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1200 or via email shassell@bps.bm

The Bermuda Police Service offers their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Jereme Cumbermack.


Update 2.04pm: We have had some emails questioning the name, and have double-checked with the Bermuda Police Service, who said the spelling is accurate.

Update 2.51pm: Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Shawn Crockwell today extended his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Jereme Cumbermack.

“It is with a heavy heart that I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Cumbermack, my prayers and thoughts are with them as they deal with their loss and grief,” said Minister Crockwell. “This is very sad and 2015 has not started out very well for this family or the families of those who have been impacted by road collisions in the past few weeks.”

“In such a short span of time we have lost three people on our roads, this is indeed a tragedy.”

“As I said last week, our community must be involved in making our roads safe. It is definitely time for us to come together and deal with our road safety issues,” Minister Crockwell concluded.

“I am very troubled by this endless trend of carnage on our roads and I will pull all available resources to address this national issue.”

Update 6.52pm: Shadow Transport Minister Lawrence Scott said, “The Progressive Labour Party extends our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Jereme Cumbermack, who unfortunately lost his life in a road traffic accident this morning.

“With the recent increase in traffic accidents and fatalities, we strongly encourage all motorists to take their time, drive with caution and due care, and to reduce their speed. ”

This marks the 3rd road death in the past few days following after the death of 19-year-old Stephen Edwards due to a motorcycle collision that occurred on December 30th, 2014, while 62-year-old Timothy Wright died following a two-vehicle collision on December 31, 2014.

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