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Scene of crash: police examine collision on Middle Road, Devonshire (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)

Police yesterday identified two men who died after separate road collisions.

William Moniz, 66, died in King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after his bicycle collided with a motorcycle.

The crash happened on Middle Road, Devonshire, near Vesey Street, just before midnight on Saturday.

Mr Moniz, known as Dennis, was a well-known singer and musician.

Tony Brannon, an island performer, said Mr Moniz was an “energetic entertainer” who could sing, dance, play drums and the guitar.

He added: “His energy was amazing. I called him the Sammy Davis Jr of Bermuda.”

Mr Brannon said Mr Moniz had played with several bands over the years at venues including 40 Thieves, Hawkins Island, and top hotels.

Navell Darrell, 59, died after his motorcycle was in collision with a car on Wednesday.

The crash happened on St John’s Road, Pembroke, near Berkeley Road, at about 10.30am.

Mr Darrell was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Takara Dill, president of the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club, said that Mr Darrell was a veteran of the organisation.

Ms Dill added: “He was a dear friend to all of us. Our club is like a family, so when a family member passes we feel that loss deeply.”

She said Mr Darrell, known as Beetle, was “full of energy and with a ready smile for anyone, whether he knew you or not”.

Ms Dill added: “He will be remembered not only for the things he taught us about racing, but for his kindness, compassion, love of the sport, easygoing personality, bright smile, and beautiful, palpable energy.

“There is not a member of our club, or even a person, that he has come into contact with that doesn’t have at least one fond memory of Beetle that they will cherish for ever.”

Mr Moniz and Mr Darrell were the fifth and sixth road fatalities this year.

A police spokesman said a family liaison officer had been assigned to the families of both men.

Police have appealed for witnesses to both crashes.

Scene of crash: St John’s Road, Pembroke (Photograph by Sam Strangeways)