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Bermuda records two more road deaths - total now 15 this year

Police at the scene of a fatal crash on North Shore Road (Photograph supplied)

A 23-year-old man died after his motorcycle was in collision with a car yesterday.

Police confirmed that the man, who suffered serious injuries in the crash, had died in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

They also appealed to the public not to forward footage posted on social media of the aftermath of the crash.

A police spokeswoman said: “This is a very difficult time for those affected by this incident and the graphic nature of the video will no doubt cause further distress to families and parties involved.

“The video is also part of an ongoing investigation.

She told the public: “We are urging members of the public to refrain from sharing and to delete this video, should you receive it.”

The incident, the 15th road death this year, happened near the Rubis gas station on North Shore Road, Smith’s, at about 9.05am.

Police said the dead man would not be identified until the next of kin had been informed.

The driver of the car, a 25-year-old man, was not injured.

Police also confirmed that Matthew Cooper, 58, who suffered serious injuries when his bicycle was in collision with a car on Middle Road, Smith’s, on October 17, had died.

A police spokesman said Mr Cooper died in the KEMH last Friday.

Diversions were set up at the scene of the North Shore Road accident as officers examined the scene but the road was clear by 11.20am.

Police have appealed for witnesses, who should contact traffic officers at 247-1788 or use the 211 number.

The 15 road deaths to date this year makes 2021 the second deadliest year since 2011. There were 16 deaths in all of 2014 and 15 in 2017. The worst year on record in Bermuda was 1975 when 26 people died. Helmets were made mandatory the next year and fatalities dropped to 11.