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Police name victims of two fatal road crashes over weekend

Police and other first responders were dispatched to a collision near the junction of North Shore Road and Dock Hill, Devonshire, on Saturday (Photograph courtesy of Bermuda Police Service Facebook page)

A woman died after she suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash in Southampton on Sunday, police said yesterday.

Angela Meyer, 46, a visitor from Canada, became the island’s seventh road fatality this year.

Police also named the sixth person who died as Jerry Collantes, a 38-year-old who was in a single-vehicle crash on Saturday.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said that Mrs Meyer was a passenger on a rental bike ridden by her 47-year-old husband when they crashed just before 5pm on Sunday on Middle Road, west of Evans Bay.

He added: “The couple, who were visiting from Canada, were travelling in the westbound lane when the rider lost control of the cycle and crossed into the path of a motor car travelling in the eastbound lane and the two vehicles collided.

“The visiting couple were transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where Mrs Meyer was pronounced dead, a short time later.

“Her husband was attended to for his injuries and discharged.”

The police spokesman said no one in the car was hurt.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to contact Constable Kevin Medeiros on 717-2402 or by e-mail at kmedeiros@bps.bm.

The BPS spokesman said Mr Collantes was a Filipino guest worker who was involved in a single-vehicle crash shortly before 7pm on Saturday.

He added: “He was reportedly riding a motorcycle east on North Shore Road, Devonshire, just east of the junction with Dock Hill, when he lost control of the bike and collided with a wall.

“He was thrown over the wall on impact and down an embankment.

“He sustained a serious head injury and was attended to at the scene by EMTs before being transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.”

Anyone who saw the crash or has information that may help the investigation was asked to contact Sergeant Anton Gilbert on 717-2338 or by e-mail at agilbert@bps.bm.

The spokesman added: “The Bermuda Police Service extends its condolences to the relatives of both deceased.”

Mr Collantes worked at the Swizzle Inn, where owner Jay Correia said the tight-knit team was “devastated by this sudden and tragic news“.

Mr Correia added: “Jerry was with us for just under a year and in that short time he endeared himself to all of us.

“He was a kind, gentle man with a disarming smile that made his colleagues feel at ease.

“He was an excellent chef, very professional with great knowledge of local cuisine.

“I do not recall a chef settling into their job as quickly as Jerry did.

“We were so fortunate to know him and have him on our team.”

He said: “Our hearts go out to his wife and two young sons back in the Philippines and we are doing all we can to support them at this horrific time.

“I would like to thank, on behalf of the Swizzle family, everyone for their tremendous outpouring of support and words of sympathy.

“We are hurting deeply but will continue on as I am sure Jerry would want us to.”

Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, also offered condolences yesterday to families and friends affected by the road crashes.

He added: “It is disheartening to witness the loss of additional lives on our roads and the pain it brings to our community.

“We mourn the tragic passing of guest worker Jerry Collantes in Devonshire on Saturday, and of Angela Meyer, a visitor who died following an incident on Sunday evening in Southampton.

“Our thoughts are with all those involved.

“These incidents serve as stark reminders that we must urgently address safety on our roads.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of everyone on our roads and we must take action to prevent further tragedies.”

Tracy Berkeley, the chief executive of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said later: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the two victims who were involved in separate tragic accidents on our shores this past weekend.

“The Bermuda Tourism Authority extends its deepest condolences to the loved ones of the visitor from Canada, knowing that mere words cannot fully alleviate the pain and grief experienced.

“The BTA offers its support and assistance during this profoundly challenging time.

“May they find solace in the loving memories and an outpouring of compassion from the community in Bermuda, serving as a source of strength as they navigate the difficult days ahead.”

• UPDATE: this story has been updated to include a comment from the Bermuda Tourism Authority