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A weekend of tragedy on Island's roads

A pedal cyclist continued to fight for his life in the intensive care unit yesterday after a collision with a car on Friday morning.

The incident happened on Parsons Road in Pembroke around 10.20am, beginning a weekend of tragedy on the Island's roads that left one man dead, and five people injured.

According to the Police, the 60-year-old cyclist was injured when his bike collided with a motorcycle ridden by a 59-year-old woman from Devonshire. “Details about the collision remain unclear,” said a spokesman last night.

The cycle rider remained in a critical condition in the intensive care unit yesterday evening. The motorcyclist was listed as being in a stable condition on a general ward yesterday afternoon, but a hospital spokeswoman said no further information was available last night.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should contact Pc Ian Taitt on 295-0011.

There was a further spate of crashes on Saturday, beginning with the 1.45am smash on Harbour Road in Paget that left motorcyclist Kirk Simons, 39, dead [see separate story.]

Around 1.25pm on Saturday, Police attended a collision on North Shore Road in Devonshire near the junction with Dock Hill involving a car and a van.

The spokesman said: “It appears that both vehicles were travelling along North Shore Road when they collided. The drivers of both vehicles were apparently uninjured; however the car and van were extensively damaged.”

Around 6.45pm on Saturday, Police attended a collision on St. Mark's Road in Smith's parish near the junction with Verdmont Road.

A spokesman said: “It appears that a motorcycle was travelling along St. Mark's Road when the rider, a 50-year-old Smith's parish man, lost control. The Smith's parish man was injured and received first aid at the scene; however he declined further medical treatment. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of impaired driving. The motorcycle received relatively minor damage.”

Around 7pm on Saturday, Police attended a collision at the junction of Parsons Road and The Glebe Road in Pembroke involving two cars.

“It appears that one vehicle was travelling along Parsons Road while the other vehicle was traveling along The Glebe Road when they collided at the junction,” said the spokesman.

Neither driver was injured but both vehicles were damaged.

Around 9.20pm on Saturday, officers were called to another collision on Harrington Sound Road in Hamilton parish, involving a car and a motorcycle.

“It appears that both vehicles were travelling along Harrington Sound Road when they collided,” said a spokesman of the incident, which occurred near the junction with Quarry Road.

“The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Warwick man, and the rider of the motorcycle, a 36-year-old St. George's man, were injured; however the motorcycle rider left the scene on foot and was later arrested in the Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton parish area on suspicion of impaired driving.

The St. George's man received treatment for his injuries at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre after being detained for failing a breath test.

The Police were kept busy at sea as well as on the Island's roads. Around 11am on Saturday, the Police vessel Rescue 1, carrying officers from the Marine Unit as well as firefighters, attended a boat on fire in Mullet Bay, St. George's.

The fire was extinguished by the firefighters at the scene. The boat was extensively damaged, but no-one was injured and the spokesman said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

A firefighter attends to a boat fire in Mullet Bay, St. George's, on Saturday.

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Published December 13, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 13, 2010 at 11:37 am)

A weekend of tragedy on Island's roads

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