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Two killed in traffic accident in Andros

Two men were killed in a traffic accident shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, after their vehicle collided into the Bank of The Bahamas building in Kemp’s Bay, South Andros, police said.

According to reports, the men were traveling south on Queen’s Highway when the driver lost control and crashed.

The latest incident followed a series of traffic fatalities last week.

One woman was killed and a man injured in a hit-and-run accident on Sea Link Drive, off East Street South, in New Providence, shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Monday, police said.

Police also reported that a 17-year-old boy, who was a back seat passenger, was killed in a traffic accident around 3 a.m. on Thursday, on Frank Watson Boulevard.

The driver and the two other passengers were taken to hospital where they were in serious but stable condition.

The boy was identified as Bernard Saunders.

Police also reported that a man believed to be in his 40s was killed shortly after 8 p.m. Friday while attempting to cross Tonique Williams Darling Highway.

The victim’s shoe was found several feet away from his body

Asked whether speed was a factor in the accident, Superintendent Marino Hinds, of the police traffic department, said, “It is too early to say that. However, we can say that the shoe belongs to the deceased, [but] we are not in a position to say for certain that speed was a cause in this accident.”

The driver of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata remained on the scene and was assisting police with the investigation.

In a warning to the public, Hinds said, “We want to sound the clarion call that motorists are to be very alert. They need to be very cognizant of their surroundings. Obviously, we don’t want motorists to travel with speed and we want pedestrians to exercise due caution and care when crossing the streets.”

According to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson, there were 63 traffic accidents recorded in 2018 that resulted in 69 deaths.

Deaths involving motor vehicles were again on the rise with a reported 29 percent increase, compared to 2017.

Of the 69 deaths in 2018, 31 were pedestrians; 20 were drivers; 12 were passengers; three were motorcyclists and three were bicyclists.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications
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