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First Road Fatality of 2023: 40-Year-Old Miguel Butterfield

Fri, 2023-02-03

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 40-year-old Miguel Butterfield, Bermuda’s first road fatality of 2023, and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Butterfield was seriously hurt in a reported multiple vehicle collision involving the motorcycle he was riding, three other motorcycles and a car on South Road, Southampton, near the junction with Lighthouse Road, around 11:45pm Sunday, 29th January 2023.

Sadly, despite lifesaving efforts at the scene, which continued as he was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, Mr. Butterfield was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer is providing relevant support to his loved ones and the Roads Policing Unit continues to investigate the circumstances of this year’s first road fatality.

Any witnesses that have not already come forward, or members of the public with relevant information, are now encouraged to contact Sergeant Anton Gilbert on 717-2338, or via e-mail agilbert@bps.bm.

They can also share any information they may have with a police officer they’re familiar with.

Second Road Fatality of 2023: 38-Year-Old Jason Simmons

Thu, 2023-02-02

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 38-year-old Jason Simmons, Bermuda’s second road fatality of 2023, and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Simmons was seriously hurt in a reported single vehicle motorcycle crash on Somerset Road, near Mangrove Bay Road, Sandys parish – in the vicinity of the former Somerset Country Squire Restaurant & Pub – around 11:55pm Tuesday, January 31st 2023.

He was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, but sadly, later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer continues to provide relevant support to his loved ones.

Investigators are renewing their appeal for any witnesses to this fatal crash to come forward.

Anyone with related information that can assist is encouraged to call the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1788, or the non-emergency reporting number 211, at the earliest opportunity.

Alternatively, please share any information that you may have with a police officer you’re familiar with.

Second Road Fatality of 2023 [Updated]

Wed, 2023-02-01

Sadly, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can confirm that the 38-year-old man seriously hurt in a reported single vehicle motorcycle crash in Sandys parish Tuesday night was pronounced dead in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 1st February 2023.

The death of the 38-year-old man, who is understood to have been a Sandys parish resident, marks Bermuda’s second road fatality of 2023.

It is believed that the fatal crash occurred around 11:55pm Tuesday, 31st January 2023 on Somerset Road, near the junction with Mangrove Bay Road, when the 38-year-old motorcyclist struck a sidewalk near the former Somerset Country Squire Restaurant & Pub.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to provide relevant support to the deceased’s loved ones at this difficult time.

Traffic in the area was diverted for approximately two and a half hours, while the scene was processed.

The investigation into this latest road fatality continues and any witnesses are now encouraged to call the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1788 as soon as possible.

Update: Thursday, 2nd FebruaryThe Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 38-year-old Jason Simmons, Bermuda’s second road fatality of 2023, and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Simmons was seriously hurt in a reported single vehicle motorcycle crash on Somerset Road, near Mangrove Bay Road, Sandys parish – in the vicinity of the former Somerset Country Squire Restaurant & Pub – around 11:55pm Tuesday, January 31st 2023.

He was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, but sadly, later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer continues to provide relevant support to his loved ones.

Investigators are renewing their appeal for any witnesses to this fatal crash to come forward.

Anyone with related information that can assist is encouraged to call the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1788, or the non-emergency reporting number 211, at the earliest opportunity.

Alternatively, please share any information that you may have with a police officer you’re familiar with.

Reported Serious Motorcycle Crash in Sandys Parish [Updated]

Tue, 2023-01-31

Around 11:55pm Tuesday, 31st January 2023 a reported serious motorcycle crash occurred on Somerset Road in Sandys parish, near the junction with Mangrove Bay Road.

Details are limited at this time. However, early information suggests that the motorcycle involved was being ridden west along Somerset Road when the rider, understood to be a 38 year old male, struck the sidewalk near the former Somerset Country Squire.

The rider was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of injuries that are believed to be serious.

Traffic diversions in the area are currently in effect, while the scene is processed.

Any witnesses are encouraged to call 211 as soon as possible.

Update: As of 2:30am Wednesday, 1st February 2023, traffic diversions were lifted. However, inquiries regarding this motorcycle crash continue. Any witnesses are once again encouraged to call 211 as soon as possible. A further update is anticipated in due course.

Update: Second Road Fatality - Sadly, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can confirm that the 38-year-old man seriously hurt in a reported single vehicle motorcycle crash in Sandys parish Tuesday night was pronounced dead in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 1st February 2023.

The death of the 38-year-old man, who is understood to have been a Sandys parish resident, marks Bermuda’s second road fatality of 2023.

It is believed that the fatal crash occurred around 11:55pm Tuesday, 31st January 2023 on Somerset Road, near the junction with Mangrove Bay Road, when the 38-year-old motorcyclist struck a sidewalk near the former Somerset Country Squire Restaurant & Pub.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to provide relevant support to the deceased’s loved ones at this difficult time.

Traffic in the area was diverted for approximately two and a half hours, while the scene was processed.

The investigation into this latest road fatality continues and any witnesses are now encouraged to call the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1788 as soon as possible.

Update: Second road fatality identified.

Firearm Recovered at Scene of Fatal Collision in Southampton

Tue, 2023-01-31

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), is continuing enquiries into the fatal road traffic collision that occurred around 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, January 29th, 2023, just east of the Henry VIII Restaurant, on South Shore Road, Southampton.

A firearm was found and seized at the scene of this road traffic collision.

The recovery of the firearm and the fatal road traffic collision are being separately investigated at this time, as there is no direct link between the two incidents.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit are conducting enquiries into the fatal collision.

Detectives from the Serious Crimes Unit are looking into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the firearm.

The BPS is appealing to those members of the public who were at the scene of this traffic collision, if you have any information relating to the firearm that was recovered, please contact the Senior Investigating Officer, Acting Detective Sergeant, Anneka Donawa, at 717-2250. 

You may also contact any member of police staff that you are comfortable with or, alternatively, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.

First Fatal Road Traffic Collision of 2023

Mon, 2023-01-30

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that a 40-year-old male has succumbed to injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle road traffic collision, which occurred around 11:45 p.m. on Sunday 29th January 2023.

Initial reports indicated the collision involved three motorcycles and a motorcar.

The 40-year-old male was riding a motorcycle east on South Road, Southampton, when upon reaching the area of Henry the VIII restaurant, he reportedly attempted to overtake a motorcar travelling in the same direction and collided with three other bikes traveling in a westerly direction.

Police and other emergency responders arrived on the scene to find the 40-year-old male unresponsive.

He was attended to by EMTs and transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for further treatment, but was subsequently pronounced dead.

This marks the first road traffic fatality of 2023.

One of the motorcycle riders who was headed in the opposite direction sustained a broken arm and was also transported to hospital, where at last check, he was being prepared for surgery. His injury is not considered life threatening.

It remains unclear whether any of the other two motorcycle riders headed west were injured in the collision, as they rode away from the scene on one of the bikes involved.

Traffic was diverted away from the scene which remained closed for an extended period while it was forensically processed.

We wish to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during this exercise.

Investigations into this matter remain ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Francis Blackman on 717-2408 or, via email, fblackman@bps.bm.

You may also call the main police number 295-0011, the non-emergency reporting number, 211 or, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

Alternatively, share any information you may have with a police officer you’re familiar with.

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