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Prayers for young road accident victim

A church in St George held a special prayer session for one of its members who suffered life-threatening injuries in a road crash last week.The Royal Gazette about 30 parishioners gathered at the Queen Street church on Monday evening to say prayers for the teen.l

Teenager Cornell Bailey was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on March 14 after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with another bike and a car on North Shore Road, near Shelly Bay, Hamilton Parish.

The 17-year-old Saltus Grammar School student, a member of Richard Allen AME Church, was airlifted to Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital the next day with critical injuries.

The Rev Conway Simmons told

“Right now, both the mother and father are out in Boston,” he said. “We had a specially-called prayer meeting to pray for him. The most we can do is pray. He is in the best place he can be.”

Mr Simmons, who described Cornell as “one of my Sunday school boys”, said the whole church was hoping for the best for him.

“From what I have heard there has been a slight improvement in his situation,” he added.

Saltus Graduate Year head Jon Beard said: “We have heard no other news, other than the fact that the doctors feel he will make a recovery. We are all obviously hoping and praying it will be a full recovery.”

He said students were collecting cards and presents for a relative to take to Cornell, whose nickname is “Bread”, this weekend.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman yesterday urged witnesses to the crash to come forward.

“Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the serious three-vehicle road traffic collision that occurred around 5.45pm Monday, March 14, 2011, at the junction of North Shore Road and Stonehaven Road in Hamilton Parish,” he said.

“The investigation into this collision is ongoing and any witnesses are encouraged to contact Pc Romeo Allen at Southside Police Station on 293-2222.”

A media relations officer at Massachusetts General Hospital said she was unable to provide information on Cornell's condition as he was not listed on the hospital's public directory.

Useful websites: www.roadsafetybermuda.com, www.saltus.bm, www.bps.bm, www.massgeneral.org, www.bhb.bm.

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Published March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am (Updated March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am)

Prayers for young road accident victim

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