(Eleuthera, Bahamas) – Shortly after 3am in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 19th, 2015, Police received a report of a traffic accident on Queen’s Highway in Lower Bogue. On arrival at the scene officers discovered a gray Honda CRV, driven by a lone male driver of Gregory Town, Eleuthera, had collided at the rear of a white flatbed truck [locals within the community described the truck as the local garbage collection truck]. The Honda CRV received extensive damage, and Police report that ‘Jaws of Life’ equipment was used to extract the driver from the vehicle. The driver of the Honda CRV, however, did not survive the accident, and was pronounced dead at the scene by the local doctor. He is not expected to be officially identified by police before Monday December 21st, however, people who know him and at least one family member has identified the deceased as Mario Thompson.
This latest traffic fatality is Eleuthera’s third in 2015.
Eleuthera’s first traffic fatality in 2015, took the life of Mr. Bradley Elisha Rolle Stubbs, who was fatally struck down while riding his bicycle on Sunday, April 26th. Authorities recently confirmed that on Dec 1st., 2015, the driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. Stubbs appeared in court in Governor’s Harbour, and pleaded guilty of ‘Killing in the course of dangerous driving’. He was fined $5,000.
The second traffic fatality victim in 2015 was Mrs. La’Tisha Hunt Burrows, a young wife, mother and entrepreneur, who lost her life on the morning of Saturday, June 6th, while driving on Queen’s Highway, South of the Cotton Bay Club towards Green Castle.
Police Superintendent for the Eleuthera District, Mr. Christopher Wright commented that Eleuthera is busy and long and implored the motoring public to slow down as they traverse across the island. Superintendent Wright emphasized that Police will be intensifying their road checks, and will be issuing tickets for people speeding and those not wearing seatbelts.