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Injured soldier ‘out of surgery’

A soldier who suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car that failed to stop at a Royal Bermuda Regiment checkpoint is on the road to recovery, it was revealed yesterday.

Social-media posts by fellow soldiers said last night Private Ndavyah Williams had surgery yesterday, after being airlifted to a hospital in the United States.

Facebook posts from fellow soldiers quoted family members who said Private Williams's operation had gone well, but that he was still sedated “so his body could rest”.

Private Williams was flown overseas by air ambulance earlier this week after he and another soldier, Private Kirk Wilks Jr, were hit by a car near Demco Florist, on South Road, Devonshire. They were manning a Covid-19 curfew checkpoint on Monday night.

Private Williams was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with “multiple injuries” along with Private Wilks, who suffered a broken leg.

Police said two men, aged 27 and 35, had been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened at about 11.15pm.

The 27-year-old, believed to be the driver, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving or driving under the influence of drugs.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Beasley, the Commanding Officer of the RBR, said the event was “one of the darkest in the regiment's history”.

But Colonel Beasley vowed that soldiers would not be deterred from their mission to protect the country.

John Rankin, the Governor, said he was horrified by the incident and Wayne Caines, the national security minister, added he was “beyond angry”.

Royal Bermuda Regiment Private Nydavyah Williams is recovering from surgery overseas after being critically injured on Monday night as he manned a RBR Covid-19 curfew checkpoint near Demco Florist, South Shore Road, Devonshire (Photograph from Facebook)

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Published July 02, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 02, 2020 at 11:16 am)

Injured soldier ‘out of surgery’

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