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Friends killed in car tragedy

Lloyd White (left) and Avery Sherman were on way to meet one another when vehicles collided.

Lloyd White (left) and Avery Sherman were on way to meet one another when vehicles collided.

By JADE RUSSELL

Tribune Staff Reporter

jrussell@tribunemedia.net

TWO men in Andros over the weekend were friends and co-workers driving to meet one another at a festival when their cars collided, killing them both.

A third person, a passenger involved in the crash, died yesterday, and two women are still in the hospital in what some residents say is an unprecedented tragedy for the small, closely-knit community in Central Andros.

A 43-year-old American drove a red Toyota truck. A Bahamian, Lloyd White, drove a black Honda. The men were headed to the “Andros Night at the Park” festival at Queen’s Park in Fresh Creek when their cars collided around 1am on Saturday. Forty-two-year-old Avery Sherman, who died yesterday, was a passenger in White’s vehicle. He was a father of six.

Mark Scott, the husband of Sherman’s sister, said the weather was poor at the time of the incident, and people were encouraged to stay home. He said Sherman had returned from New Providence that evening only to be in the tragic crash hours later.

Although police have not verified what factors led to the incident, Mr Scott said it happened on a curve known as “dead man corner” because several people have died there. He said there is a need for traffic signals to warn people.

White, who worked at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the heavy equipment department, just got married in December, according to Pastor Leslie Duncombe. His wife, Carla White, was involved in the crash and is recovering from her injuries.

“They were going to meet each other,” Pastor Duncombe said of White and the American. “They were close friends.”

Pastor Duncombe said White was a family man and a hard worker whose death has been a big blow to AUTECH, where he worked for 17 years.

Christopher Bain said he became close with White after his cousin, Mrs White, married him.

“You couldn’t ask for a better family man or a better man in the community,” he said.

Mr Scott said Sherman worked with him during the day using heavy equipment before working at a bar he owned.

Yesterday evening, Leonardo Lightbourne, the MP for North Andros and the Berry Islands said he is committed to improving infrastructure, “including proper lighting and safe roads for all.”

“I also wish to remind all residents of the importance of exercising caution while driving and staying within the speed limit ” he said.

Comments

bahamianson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

How can both men be driving to meet each other , but one be a passenger in one of the vehicles? This article is confusing.

TalRussell 2 months, 3 weeks ago

@ComradeBahamianson, indeed the newspaper article is pretty hard for the reader to fit the how and whom drove head on. --- Yes?

John 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Other reports say one of the vehicles was being driven by an American. So the person who wrote the article used the term ‘driving’ as opposed to ‘flying’ or ‘sailing’. When one says they are ‘flying to New York, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are flying the plane. So the friends ‘driving to meet each other’ doesn’t necessarily mean that they were both driving vehicles in opposite directions. But other accounts say one of the vehicles was being driven by an American visitors. Sad when what was supposed to be a happy occasion turns tragic. May their souls Rest In Peace

truetruebahamian 2 months, 3 weeks ago

No seat belts used, my step son died when another was driving and he didn’t see the need for using the device.

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