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Tourist injured on Front Street vows to return

A tourist who was taken to hospital after being struck by a taxi on Front Street has vowed to return to Bermuda to “do over” her summer vacation.

April Lockhart, 55, from New York, said the last place she expected to get involved in a road accident was on a tiny subtropical island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to New York City, where it’s safer,” she joked last night. “I live right in Hell’s Kitchen, right in Times Square.”

She said the accident had definitely not put her off the “beautiful island” of Bermuda and pledged to visit again. “I’m going to have to come back and do a ‘do over’,” she said.

Mrs Lockhart, who is here on vacation as a reward for exceeding her sales quota at work, remembers little of the collision in Hamilton, which police said happened just before 11.15pm on Friday. She and her colleagues from ADP (Automatic Data Processing), in Long Island, had enjoyed dinner at Elbow Beach before hopping into a cab.

They intended to go and watch some musicians play at Docksider.

“I honestly don’t remember much,” she said. “It’s not like I’d drunk that much. I had a glass of wine; I know I wasn’t getting too frisky.

“We got in a cab and I remember we arrived there but that’s literally the last thing I remember. I heard from my co-workers to the effect of [that there was] a moped and a taxi. I must have started to cross the road.

“The cab had pulled over to the sidewalk to let us out. We had to cross the street. We were distracted by the moped. That’s when the taxi came out of nowhere.”

Mrs Lockhart was taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial, where she described emergency room staff as “great”.

“They did a CAT scan. I dislocated my thumb and I have to go and see a surgeon when I get back. I also have a big gash over my eye that I have to get looked at. I think I’m in pretty good shape.

“Luckily, I’m pretty flexible and I was thinking my reflexes are pretty good.”

Mrs Lockhart’s daughter Britt, 22, flew to the Island on Saturday to look after her and the pair, who have been staying at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, are due to fly home today.

Mrs Lockhart lived in Bermuda as a baby, when her father was in the military, and her brother was born here.

She has another link to the Island too: her best friend is Tiny the Tree Frog author Elizabeth Mulderig.

“Everyone has been taking care of me,” she said. “Everyone was so nice with me, so kind. In New York, we can be a little bit cold; everyone’s been really nice here.

“Since I got hit, I have just been sleepy. I feel like I have missed my vacation. I’m already amazed at how beautiful it is.

“Maybe I was looking at something I thought was really pretty when I got hit, because it’s such a gorgeous island!”

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said police and emergency workers attended the accident on Front Street, near the junction with Fagans Alley, at about 11.15pm.

“It appears that the taxi was travelling along Front Street and a group of pedestrians were crossing the road when a collision occurred with one of them,” he said.

“The female victim, a 55-year-old American visitor to the Island, was injured and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance. The taxi driver was not injured; however, the taxi was damaged.”

He said the collision was being investigated and asked witnesses to call Pc Delfi Burrows on 295-0011.

The accident wasn’t the only one on Friday involving a cab.

A taxi travelling along Harrington Sound Road in Hamilton Parish collided with a wooden railing and tree stump, near the junction with Quarry Road, just before 5.40pm, injuring the 28-year-old female passenger.

The police spokesman said no other vehicles were involved, adding: “The taxi was damaged as a result. The taxi driver, a 59-year-old Hamilton Parish woman, was not injured.

“Both women were taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance; the taxi driver as a precaution, while the passenger received treatment for her injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.”

The passenger was discharged from KEMH on Saturday. Witnesses to the accident should call Pc Anthony Thurab on 295-0011.

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Published August 22, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 22, 2011 at 10:03 am)

Tourist injured on Front Street vows to return

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