By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
A traffic accident in Grand Bahama has claimed the life of an 89-year-old woman, pushing the number of road deaths on the island to seven for the year.
The accident occurred around 10am at the junction of Poinciana Drive and West Mall Drive, involving a GMC truck and a Nissan Sentra.
The elderly woman was one of three passengers injured in the Nissan Sentra, according to police.
Inspector Terecita Pinder reported that both vehicles were extensively damaged. EMS personnel transported the injured victims to the Rand Memorial Hospital, where the elderly woman succumbed to her injuries shortly after noon.
Ms Pinder said investigations are continuing into the incident and appealed to motorists to drive carefully, wear seatbelts, and obey the road laws.
The island’s first traffic fatality victim was 53-year-old Jones Town resident Fletcher Minnis, a pedestrian who was struck on February 8 in Eight Mile Rock.
On February 19, Tyrone Russell, 64, of West End, was the island’s second when his vehicle overturned several times on Queen’s Highway, West End.
On May 5, the island recorded a double fatality – the third and fourth - when 31-year-old Glen Laing Jr, and 22-year-old Andrea Major, both of Spinney Road, were killed after the vehicle they were in went out of control and crashed into a residential wall on Wellington and Ponce De Leon Drives.
The fifth occurred on May 20 when Glen Woodside, 51, of South Mall Drive, was killed in a two-car collision at East Sunrise Highway and East Atlantic Drive.
The sixth fatality victim - a 61-year-old man of Hanna Hill, EMR who died last week – has not yet been officially identified by police.
That accident occurred four weeks ago on the Warren Levarity Highway. The man was a passenger in a Chevy Malibu that was involved in a two-car collision.