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Hit and run driver in fatal crash told to ‘do the right thing and come forward’

The scene of this morning’s fatal collision on Knapton Hill, Smith’s. Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which involved a motorcycle and a black car that left the scene after the incident (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A 23-year-old man has died after a collision on Knapton Hill yesterday morning in what police are describing as “a fatal hit-and-run”.

The crash happened near Knapton Estate Road, Smith’s, at about 10am when the victim’s motorcycle was in collision with a car.

Police arrived at the scene to find the rider unresponsive. Emergency medical technicians performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation before he was taken to hospital by ambulance, but he was later pronounced dead.

The victim is the sixth road fatality of 2021.

A police spokesman said: “The other vehicle involved in the collision, described only as ‛a black car’ left the scene before police arrived.

“This incident is now being investigated as a fatal hit-and-run road traffic collision and police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and its driver.

“Anyone with information on this fatal collision, no matter how insignificant you think it to be, is asked to call Pc Rawlins on 717 2123. The public may also call 211 or, the main police number, 295 0011.”

Last night the Bermuda Road Safety Council urged the other motorist involved in the collision to “do the right thing and to come forward”.

A statement read: “The Bermuda Road Safety Council extends its sincerest condolences to the family of today’s road traffic fatality.

“It is always saddening when we lose a life on our roads, but this case is even more tragic as it was a result of an alleged hit and run. No family deserves to hear of losing a loved one especially in this manner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. The community shares in your pain and grieves with you.

“To the person who was operating the vehicle that hit and drove off, we encourage you to do the right thing and to come forward.

“We call for any witnesses or any one who may have seen the vehicle in the area of Knapton Hill to report it to the police. Any little bit of information that is provided can be integral to helping solve this case.

“We also reiterate our call for motorists to drive with care, caution and to reduce their speeds. It is imperative that while you are driving to give your full attention to the road and to limit distractions.”

In a tweet today, the Premier said: “My heart is heavy. Please #Bermuda speak up. – DB”

Cole Simons, the Leader of the Opposition, also offered condolences on behalf of the One Bermuda Alliance.

Mr Simons said: “No parent should have to bury their child, and no parent should have to bear the added pain of knowing that their child was left in the road to die.

“As the One Bermuda Alliance extends its deepest condolences to the family of the young man who tragically lost his life in a hit-and-run accident today, we appeal to whomever has information pertaining to this horrible incident to come forth to the police or call the confidential Crimestoppers number at 800-8477.

“Please do not let this young man’s family suffer any more than they are. Please do the right thing.

“Meanwhile, we implore all road users to take their time on the roads and look out for one another so that we can make the roads safer for everyone.”