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Traffic Accidents Mar Holiday Weekend

Traffic police were very busy over the weekend as they were left investigating two traffic fatalities – one in Grand Bahama and the other in New Providence.

In Grand Bahama, officers said sometime around 2:00 Sunday morning, police received information of a traffic accident on Queens Highway and Yellow Pine Road.

Officers and EMS personnel responded to the scene that involved a red and black Suzuki XR 750 motorcycle driven by a man who was travelling west on Queens Highway and a green 2006 Honda Civic driven by a 49-year-old man who was travelling east on Queens Highway and turning south onto Yellow Pine Road.

The cyclist was pronounced dead by doctor from the Rand Memorial Hospital.

Sources have confirmed to the Bahama Journal that the victim is 27-year-old Keith Jamal McCartney.

The Journal also understands that he had one son.

Police are investigating this matter and are appealing to the general public to adhere to the traffic laws on the streets and for motorcyclists to wear their helmets.

Meanwhile, in New Providence an accident left a 24-year-old man dead, and a 19-year-old in hospital.

It reportedly occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday and involved a gray 2002 Nissan Maxima and a black 2004 Kia Sorento.

Preliminary reports indicate that both vehicles were traveling east on Prince Charles Drive, in the area of St. Augustine College monastery, when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Kia received serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sources have identified the victim as 24-year-old Jason McDonald.

The Journal has also learnt that he was a Finance Major at the College of The Bahamas and worked at Senor Frogs restaurant downtown.

The passenger was taken to hospital via EMS personnel where he is detained in stable condition.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Transport and Aviation yesterday sent condolences through a press statement.

It is critical that each and every one of us makes a commitment to pay attention to other road users, to obey the traffic laws at all times no matter how brief the journey, the time of the journey or the purpose of the journey,” officials said.

“Holidays are usually a time of merriment and joy however we must never relax our adherence to the rules of the road, the traffic regulations and laws. Road users should be continuously vigilant and circumspect while on our roads and this includes those in vehicles, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Failure to do so may result in deadly and tragic consequences. We must do all that we can to preserve our lives and health.

“The Bahamian people can be assured of the commitment of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation to work tirelessly together with our partners in the ministry of works and urban development and the Royal Bahamas Police Force to ensure the safety of all our citizens and visitors alike.”

Anyone that can assist police with their investigations is asked to contact traffic police at 393-7204, 393-7713/4.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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