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Seventh Road Fatality for 2022

Thu, 2022-07-21

Shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 20th July, 2022, police received a number of calls reporting a serious road traffic collision, involving a taxi and two motorcycles, at the junction of Middle Road and Lines Estate Road, Devonshire.

Reports are the bikes were headed east on Middle Road, when they both collided with a taxi which was traveling in the opposite direction.

The riders of both bikes, two males, were thrown from their vehicles as a result of the collision. Both bikes were written off and the taxi was left with extensive front end damage.

One of the injured motorcyclists is said to have left the scene on foot. The other, a forty year old, sustained what were described as serious head injuries and was found unresponsive when officers arrived at the scene.

He was attended to by EMTs and was taken to hospital by ambulance. However, he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

There were reportedly a number of other bikes present when the collision occurred but they left before the arrival of the police.

Police are asking anyone who may have been present when the collision occurred or, who may have any information about this incident, to please get in contact with them by calling 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

The area of the collision remained closed for an extended period while the scene was processed by Traffic Collision Investigators, along with officers from the Forensics Unit.

This marks the seventh road fatality for 2022.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the relatives of the deceased.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

Jahcari Francis Murder Investigation Continues to Progress After 5 Years

Tue, 2022-07-19

Today, 19th July 2022, marks five years since the murder of Jahcari Antoni Francis. At the time of his death, Jahcari was 20 years old.

Members of the public will recall that it was about 10:40pm on a Wednesday night, 19th July 2017, that Jahcari was shot whilst he was inside of a residence on Upland Street, Devonshire. Inside that residence with Jahcari were three other persons, who were fortunate to not have been injured.

Shortly after this shooting, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) made an appeal for witnesses that lived in the area who might have heard the gunshots and or saw the shooter, who was on a motorcycle, to come forward.

Today, as in previous years, we are renewing our appeal on the date of Jahcari’s murder and now, the investigative team is looking to speak with two persons. One of them drove by seconds before the shooting and saw a motorcycle parked at the driveway to the residence where this homicide occurred. The second person was standing at the gate of Upland Street and Middle Road, Devonshire. This is critical to our lines of enquiry.

The investigation remains active and progress has been made. The BPS thanks the public for all assistance received so far and today’s appeal is for more assistance to help confirm key information, so that we can bring closure to the family of Jahcari and ensure those responsible for his murder are brought to justice.

To provide any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, please make contact with the Senior Investigating Officer, Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith, on 717-0864 or jsmith2@bps.bm. Alternatively, you can call the independent and anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

Eastern Counties Cricket Public Advisory

Fri, 2022-07-15

All roads lead to St. David's Cricket Club tomorrow, Saturday 16th July, for the first game of the Eastern Counties Series.

With this in mind, the Bermuda Police Service would like to remind the public that when coming east to enjoy the game they can expect to see a heightened police presence in the eastern area.

Chief Inspector Scott Devine of the Community Policing Division said: “This may mean vehicle stop checks across the eastern area, so members of the public are encouraged to give themselves plenty of time to head to their destination as there may be some minor delays in order to facilitate these stop checks.

For spectators’ information, no parking restrictions have been put in place on Cashew Road. No parking signs and cones will be placed in the restricted areas. If unable to park on the field, attendees are asked to park their vehicles in a responsible manner and not block the surrounding roadways for local residents and emergency vehicles requiring access.”

Mr. Devine added: “Security staff and police officers will be on duty to ensure the security of the grounds and patrons are asked to be cooperative when dealing with these staff.

That said, we look forward to you coming down to “Lords” and enjoying a family day out at the game.”

18-Year-Old Rider Treated in Hospital After Pembroke Crash

Wed, 2022-07-13

At 1:18am on Wednesday, 13th July, 2022, police received a number of calls reporting a serious, single vehicle road traffic collision involving a motorcycle, at the junction of Cox’s Hill and St. John’s Road roundabout, Pembroke.

It appears the motorcyclist, an eighteen-year-old male, was headed east along Cox’s Hill, when he lost control of the vehicle and slid out.

He was found in an unresponsive state with leg and facial injuries.

He was attended to at the scene by EMTs and was subsequently taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for further treatment to his injuries, which were not considered life threatening.

Traffic was diverted from the area while the scene was processed by Traffic Collision Investigators as well as a Forensics Officer.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

Ongoing Witness Appeal: Confirmed Firearm Incident in Paget

Tue, 2022-07-12

As the investigation continues into the confirmed firearms incident which took place in the Ord Road, Cobb’s Hill area of Warwick early on Monday morning, police are asking anyone who may have been traveling along Ord Road junction Cobb’s Hill between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00a.m on Monday, July 11th 2022, to please get in contact with them.

Detectives are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen two persons dressed in all black acting in a suspicious manner, headed east on a motorcycle, turn around at the junction with Ord Road and Cobbs Hill and proceed in a westerly direction, shortly before residents of Ord Road and Cobb’s Hill reported hearing gunshots around 12:18 a.m. on the said date.

Anyone with information regarding the two subjects or the confirmed firearms incident, is asked to call 211, the main police number 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

Alternatively, you may wish to provide the information by speaking with a police officer whom you know.

Witness Appeal: Incidents of Note From 8th July Until 11th July 2022

Mon, 2022-07-11

Confirmed Firearms Incident

Residents of the Ord Road and Cobbs Hill areas of Paget contacted police and reported hearing several gunshots just before 12:18 a.m. today, Monday 11th July, 2022.

Officers attended and conducted searches of the locations and recovered forensic evidence to confirm a firearm had been discharged.

However, there were no reports of anyone being injured at the scene of the incident. Checks made at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital indicated no one arrived at that location seeking treatment for any firearms related injuries.

Officers returned to the scene today to continue their inquiries into this confirmed firearms incident.

Road Traffic Collision Hermitage Road, Devonshire

Police are investigating a two vehicle road traffic collision which took place on Hermitage Road near the junction with Devon Spring Road, Devinshire, around 4:48a.m. on Sunday 10th July, 2022. 

A 74-year-old male motorcycle rider was travelling south along Hermitage Road, when a 23-year-old male riding a motorcycle north along the same road, entered the opposing lane and collided with the 74-year old male.

Both riders were injured in the collision.

The elder of the two was at one point listed in critical condition with what were thought to be serious internal injuries. However, at last check his condition was upgraded and he was receiving treatment on a general ward.

The 23-year-old male who was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst impaired, suffered facial and other injuries, none of which were considered serious.

Road Traffic Collision Middle Road, Devonshire

A 22-year-old woman was injured in a two vehicle collision which took place around 12:45 a.m. on Saturday 9th July 2022 on Middle Road, Devonshire.

The woman was traveling east along Middle Road, Devonshire when she reportedly overtook two vehicles near the junction with Chaingate Hill and collided with a motorcar travelling in the opposite direction.

She sustained a fractured right leg and lacerations to her body. Her injuries were not considered to be life threatening.

Assault on Police

In keeping with Operation Vega, police officers were conducting road traffic checks on Southside Road, St, David's, around 12:40 a.m. Friday, July 8th 2022, when they attempted to stop the rider of a motorcycle clocked at a speed of 67 km/h.

The male motorcycle rider refused to stop and a chase ensued. Officers lost sight of the suspect upon reaching Chapel of Ease Road.

An area search was conducted and the subject was found hiding on his bike behind a wall.

The rider attempted to evade police by driving at the officers, one of whom sustained injuries to his arms and legs.

The suspect who was subsequently arrested, was found to be under age and riding a motorcycle, which following checks, was found to have previously been reported as stolen and was fitted with fraudulent license plates.

These matters all remain under investigation and anyone with information on any of them is asked to call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011. If you’d be more comfortable sharing such information with an officer you know, we urge you to please get in contact with that officer as soon as is possible.

Traffic Enforcement Focus ‘Operation Vega’ Passes One Year Mark

Mon, 2022-07-11

Introduced Tuesday 6th July 2021, Operation Vega continues to focus on the extent of undesirable riding and driving behaviours on Bermuda’s roads.

In just over one year, 6,030 tickets for various traffic offences have been issued.

More recently in a four week period from 21st June until 11th July 2022, 444 tickets have been issued, for a variety of traffic infractions. In addition, 50 warnings were issued.

The breakdown of traffic offences reported during this four week period is as follows:

Speeding                                  186 (highest ticketed speed was 89 kph)

Disobeying a traffic sign        98                 

Unlicensed vehicle                 42                   

No third party insurance       36           

No driver’s licence                  40     

Manner of driving                   15

Disqualified driving                   4                     

Seatbelt                                         11                        

Unfastened helmet                    9               

Handheld device                         0

Defective vehicle                         2

Failure to give name/address  1

The fourth quarter of 2021 showed a reduction in reported collisions compared with the fourth quarter of 2020, while the first quarter of 2022 saw a reduction in reported collisions compared to the first quarter of 2021. However, the second quarter of 2022 saw reported collisions edge up slightly from the second quarter of 2021.

Q4       2019   2020   2021  

              318     353     278                    

Q1       2019   2020   2021   2022

              324     257     306     265     

Q2       2019   2020   2021   2022

              385     197     316     329     

Acting Superintendent Robert Cardwell (Tactical Support Division) explained, “We feel that Operation Vega is having an impact on collisions, as we have seen collision rates a lot higher than they have been of recent.

Stopping those who are out there committing blatant traffic offences and ensuring they are being held accountable is the way forward and the Bermuda Police Service is committed to making this happen.

Many collisions are attributable to human error and bad judgement. We can continue to see decreases in collisions by continuing to encourage everyone to take their manner of driving or riding seriously and apply all measures of safety available to you.”

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