Traffic fatality recorded on JFK Drive

Traffic cop reminds drivers to be cautious and avoid distraction

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Just moments after the country’s 18th traffic fatality occurred on John F. Kennedy Drive on Thursday morning, Superintendent of police Mareno Hinds warned drivers to be cautious and avoid distraction while behind the wheel.

“We always advise our drivers, particularly on this thoroughfare, to wear their seat belts and to not speed. We know that it is a long journey but we recognize that speed does not make your journey better,” Supt. Hinds told the media at the scene of yesterday’s fatality.

Police reported that shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019, officers were alerted to a traffic collision on John F. Kennedy Drive, just West of the  Fusion Superplex. Upon arrival at the scene, police met a 2007 Honda Accord with extensive damages to its passenger side and front-end damages.

“Police also discovered a male believed to be in his mid-twenties on the inside of that vehicle. Unfortunately, this male succumbed to his injuries on the scene. EMS were called, they administered what they needed to administer, however he could not be saved,” Supt. Hinds said.

“We believe that he touched some of the light poles before he came down, colliding into the shrubbery on the Southern end of this thoroughfare before colliding into the high-tension utility pole.

“Speed may have contributed to this accident. We are in our preliminary stages of this investigation but it is too early to tell what caused the accident definitively.”

Although the police have not formally identified the victim, Eyewitness News Online understands that he is 25-year-old Keshawn Lightbourn, and was employed at Mr. Ship It shipping company.

This latest incident brings the traffic fatality count in The Bahamas to 18 for the year, of which 14 have occurred in the capital.