By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
A 31-year-old woman was killed in Freeport when the car she was driving went off the road and crashed into trees on the Grand Bahama Highway on Tuesday morning.
This latest accident pushes the traffic fatality count to four for the year on Grand Bahama, just four days following another fatal accident on West Sunrise Highway.
The victim, reported to be Shan Whylly, was driving a 1999 Nissan Sunny west along Grand Bahama Highway at about 8am when the vehicle left the road and crashed into several trees.
EMS personnel responded to the scene and took the victim to the Rand Memorial Hospital, where a doctor pronounced her dead.
Whylly was described as a ‘fitness fanatic” and competed in local fitness competitions in Grand Bahama.
Messages were posted on Facebook by persons who knew her.
One person posted: “Today we grieve with the family of Shan Whylly; we lost a wonderful, inspiring person and athlete, a well-loved member of our community. Your smile and drive and energy will sorely be missed.”
Another said: “Today we lost our first Myo-Genesis bikini competitor in a fatal car accident in Freeport Bahamas. We will always miss and love her. Shan Whylly was a wonderful friend and fitness fanatic. She lived life to the fullest and always spoke her mind.”
Police are investigating Tuesday’s incident.
Investigations are also still continuing into last Saturday’s accident that claimed the life of former national team athlete 36-year-old Nekeil Russell of Sunset Subdivision.
Russell’s death was the island’s third traffic fatality. A grey Nissan Sentra, driven by Russell, and a white Ford F-150 truck collided on West Sunrise Highway.
It is not known whether speed may have been a factor in the accidents.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority recently installed some digital speed monitors along East Sunrise Highway to let drivers be aware of their speed. The monitors prompt drivers to slow down if they are driving over the speed limit.
Last year, some 900 traffic accidents occurred on Grand Bahama.