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Father of two killed in traffic accident

A 25-year-old father of two was killed in a traffic accident on John F. Kennedy Drive yesterday morning, police confirmed.

While police were unable to confirm the identity of the victim, his cousin told The Nassau Guardian that his name is Keshawn Lightbourn.

The white Honda Accord that Lightbourn had been driving was nearly wrapped around a utility pole.

The damage to the vehicle was so extensive that a wrecker had difficulties removing it in one piece.

“We believe that he touched some of the light poles before he came down, colliding into the shrubbery on the southern end of this thoroughfare before ultimately colliding into the high tension utility pole,” Superintendent Mareno Hinds said.

Hinds said police believe speed was a factor in the accident, but could not confirm the cause.

“Shortly after 10 a.m., police at the traffic division were alerted to a road traffic collision on John F. Kennedy Drive, just west of the Fusion [Superplex] complex,” he said.

“Upon arrival at the scene, police met a 2007 Honda Accord with extensive damage to its passenger side, and with front end damage.”

Hinds said the driver, Lightbourn, died at the scene.

“EMS (emergency medical services) were called,” Hinds said.

“They administered what they needed to administer.

“However, he could not be saved.”

Asked whether the Jaws of Life had to be used, Hinds said, “Initially they were used. However, for the extraction of the young man, we did not have to use the Jaws of Life.”

The victim’s cousin said that he believed Keshawn was on his way to work, but did not understand why he would have been speeding as he was not late.

The accident was the 19th traffic fatality for the year.

According to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson in January, 69 people died in traffic accidents in 2018, up 29 percent from 2017.

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