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Teenager dies in head-on collision

Bermuda was left mourning the loss of another one of its young sons last night following a fatal bike accident in St David's.

Talented runner Nakeno Creighton was killed in a crash after he collided with a truck while in the process of overtaking a bus.

The accident happened at around 5.30pm near a bus stop in the area of St David's Road, and Bay Estates Road.

A police spokesman said: “It appears that a 17-year-old male was travelling on that said road when the rider of the bike apparently attempted to overtake a bus, and collided with a truck travelling in the opposite direction.”

One woman who lives in the area said she saw the aftermath of the accident when returning home. After being forced to detour through Emily's Bay Road, she said she saw the rider laying on the ground, with Fire and Rescue workers providing first aid.

Nakeno was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with serious head injuries, but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The 17-year-old's mother, Ina Trott, who is a supervisor at Blue Hole Hill gas station, was reportedly too distressed to attend the scene of the accident.

A friend, and co-worker, Diago McKellan, is understood to have rushed to the crash site in her place to be with the victim until the ambulance arrived.

He could not be contacted last night, and the gas station was closed early as friends and family struggled to come to terms with their painful loss.

However, a friend of Mr McKellan's, who did not wish to be named, said Mr McKellan was in shock over what had happened, and that it ‘hadn't really sunk in yet'.

Tributes poured in from the running community, and elsewhere, with sprinter Tre Houston's Facebook status saying: ‘R.I.P Keno, I'll always remember you as a joker'.

The post received dozens of likes, while a comment on The Royal Gazette's website from Wild Ting read: “Condolences to the family of this young man. Such a talented young man, his bright future cut short by this tragedy. May his family find peace in this difficult time.”

Nakeno was a talented runner who won the Middle School Boys race at the KPMG Front Street Mile in 2010, and came fourth in the junior category in the May 24th Half Marathon Derby this year.

A former pupil at Clearwater Middle School, and a current student at CedarBridge Academy, Nakeno and his family are believed to have only just recently moved to the St David's area.

Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley expressed his condolences to the family of the victim of the fatal collision.

“The loss of such a young life is tragic for the family and his friends as well as the community,” Mr Dunkley said.

“It is too early to comment on the circumstances of this accident and we should all remember the family in our thoughts and prayers, providing strength and comfort at this incredibly difficult time”.

Nakeno is the sixth person to die this year as a result of a collision on Bermuda's roads.

Andrew Peniston was killed after striking a traffic island at the junction of Barker's Hill and North Shore Road on January 6, while Haile Matthews died on January 18 following a collision between his motorcycle and a car.

Torrie Baker was killed a day later after crashing his rental cycle on Mullet Bay Road in St George's.

Jason Darrell died on February 1 as a result of injuries suffered in a three-vehicle collision, while Jevanie Fubler died days later following a collision on Frog Lane.

Anyone who may have seen the collision is urged to contact the police on 295-0011.

Tragedy: The scene of yesterday's fatal crash in St David's, where a bike was in a collision with a truck

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Published August 07, 2013 at 8:02 pm (Updated August 08, 2013 at 9:19 am)

Teenager dies in head-on collision

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