By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
THE teenager killed in a traffic accident in Grand Bahama on Monday night has been officially identified by police as 19-year-old Jamond Jatizo Henfield, of Holmes Rock.
Henfield, a 2015 Valedictorian at Alpha Omega Christian School in Freeport, was ejected from his Chevy Cobalt and died at the scene after colliding with a Range Rover on East Sunrise Highway near the Fortune Hills area.
ASP Kenwood Taylor, officer in charge of Traffic Division, said the accident occurred around 10pm at the intersection of West Beach Road and East Sunrise Highway.
ASP Taylor said that preliminary investigations revealed that the Cobalt was travelling south on West Beach Road and the Range Rover was travelling east on East Sunrise Highway.
“The Chevy Cobalt failed to stop at the intersection and both vehicles collided. The driver of the Cobalt was ejected out of the vehicle, and the Rover burst into flames,” he reported.
“The occupant of the Cobalt succumbed to injuries on scene,” ASP Taylor reported. He noted that EMS personnel rendered medical assistance to the male driver of the Range Rover, whose injuries were not life-threatening.
It is the sixth traffic fatality in Grand Bahama this year and comes two days after the last one.
The Henfield family is said to be devastated. Family and friends had gathered at the hospital until the small hours after learning of the tragedy.
The Tribune understands that the teen had been involved in an accident two weeks earlier.
ASP Taylor said that the traffic fatality count this year in Grand Bahama is “far too many” at this stage. He is appealing to motorists to be careful.
“I would like to use this opportunity to encourage the motoring public to drive with care and attention on the street, particularly on roads that are not properly lit, and to drive within the speed limit,” he said.
He also advised motorists to wear their seatbelts and not to text while driving and people out drinking to appoint a designated driver.