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The second accident in five days has occurred in the Par-la-Ville/Serpentine Road area. It happened when a Kia Sportage collided with a Honda 125 motorcycle in 5pm, rush hour traffic while the vehicles were navigating the roundabout.

The accident, which resulted in no injuries but damaged the bike, did not require a police presence.

Only five days ago, just feet from the spot where the collision occurred, The Royal Gazette's political cartoonist Peter Woolcock was killed in an accident with a car travelling south along Par-la-Ville Road. The driver of the car in yesterday afternoon's accident, Kim Bolin, who was deeply shaken and in tears in the aftermath of the collision, said: “I just didn't see him. I thought I'd killed him.”

She explained: “I stopped, I looked both ways — I just didn't see him,” and repeated: “I thought I killed him.”

Aaron Daniels, a motor mechanic, seemed uninjured at the scene.

He said: “I was just coming over the hill — I assumed she saw me, and then this happened,” gesturing towards his damaged bike.

The Royal Gazette had demanded that action be taken about the junction in the aftermath of the death of their political cartoonist, who was involved in an accident as he was delivering what was to be his final cartoon to the newspaper.

Jonathan Howes, chief executive of Bermuda Press (Holdings) Ltd said at the time: “In the last year we have had two of our staff struck by vehicles in the intersection of Par-la-Ville Road and Serpentine Road.

“In both those cases the drivers noted the sun was in their eyes.”

He said: “Whether it be speed or other circumstances affecting drivers' ability, something has got to be done, given the loss of Peter Woolcock today.”

Photo: Nicola Muirhead Accident scene: Aaron Daniels, left, and Kim Bolin, right, with bystanders after the collision
Aaron Daniels, left, and Kim Bolin, right, with by-standers, after a collision on the Par-la-Ville/Serpentine Road roundabout (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)

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Published December 10, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 10, 2014 at 1:09 am)

‘I thought I killed him’, says motorist

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