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Bermudian killed in US car crash

Condolences poured in yesterday for Bermudian Jurina Vincent Lee, who was killed in a car crash in North Carolina on Saturday.

The former Bermuda police officer lost her life in the head-on collision; the driver of the other car died as well.

The 35-year-old’s family members are to leave Bermuda for North Carolina today and other relatives will fly to join them from the UK.

Ms Vincent Lee moved to the US 15 years ago. She married Tashonda Vincent last year in Washington DC. She was employed with the North Carolina campus police in Hillsborough.

One of Ms Vincent Lee’s sisters, who asked not to be named, said: “We still don’t have all the information, we’re heading out on Thursday for North Carolina to meet up with family there.

“My sister and I are coping with this, we all are, but it’s hard. It’s really, really hard,” she said.

“Things like this make me cherish my loved ones even more and I’m so grateful I spoke with Jurina on Wednesday. I will cherish that last conversation with her for the rest of my life and I feel so blessed that I got to tell her that I love her one last time.”

She continued: “I know she was very happy before her life was ended too soon. I just want to celebrate her life and I don’t want her to ever be forgotten. You could never ask for a better sister.

“She was always there, always supportive, always giving advice. It all feels like a bad dream that’s just wrong and it feels like it shouldn’t have happened.

“I can’t help but think of so many memories; I can’t really say what my fondest memory is of her I have so many.”

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva extended condolences to the family on behalf of the Bermuda Police Service.

“Jurina is a former Bermuda police officer who joined the service as a cadet in August 1995. She went on the following year to attend Recruit Foundation Course #52, where I was one of her trainers.

“I remember Jurina well, and I commented on her training reports that she was ‘an energetic young officer with huge potential’.

”During her short career with us she earned a Letter of Good Work from Commissioner Jean-Jacques Lemay for her excellent work on the task force. Jurina left the service in January 1999 to pursue further education, and she returned to us as a summer student until 2004.”

He continued: “Jurina will be remembered as a keen and determined officer who was always warm and pleasant. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family for their untimely and tragic loss.”

A memorial service is likely to be held in Bermuda in due course, a family member said.

Jurina Vincent Lee

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Published April 03, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 03, 2013 at 1:05 am)

Bermudian killed in US car crash

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