With just over two days to go before the New Year begins, tragedy has struck during rush hour on the busy ABC Highway, claiming the life of a 35-year-old motorcyclist.
Damien Jason Anton Taylor, of #34 Durants, Christ Church, died in a fatal crash, which occurred around 4:05 p.m. between the Norman Niles and Clyde Walcott roundabouts.
The tragic accident also involved 36-year-old David Haynes of West Terrace, St James, who was also riding a motorcycle, and 35-year-old Stirling Workman of Oxnards, St James, who was driving a van.
According to police, Taylor and Haynes were riding along the Barrow section of the Highway when their motorcycles collided with the van. Both riders lost control of their cycles with Taylor striking the jersey bars. He died at the scene.
Haynes suffered pain about the body and opted to seek private medical attention.
The tragedy brings to 25 the number of fatal road accidents so far this year that have resulted in 28 deaths.
Data released by the Barbados Fire Service this week revealed that there was a 22.4 per cent rise in vehicular accidents as of December 27 when compared to the with the same period last year.
According to the BFS statistics there were 93 motor vehicle accidents as of Wednesday, compared to 76 last year.
In light of today’s road death, Police Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler is appealing to members of the public to exercise caution as they prepare for Old Year’s celebrations this weekend.
“I want to urge partygoers and persons who intend to celebrate the ending of another year to utilize a little more caution. As they participate in any activity, engage in responsible behaviour, so their 2018 can be ushered in [without lives being] lost,” he told reporters on the scene this evening.
Police have appealed to members of public who witnessed the accident to contact the District ‘A’ Police Station at 430-7472.