During a press conference this afternoon, Bermuda Police Service Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, who also runs the service’s tactical support unit, confirmed that the person injured and killed during yesterday’s collision on Knapton Hill was 23-year-old Ra-Che Williams, who succumbed to injuries sustained during the collision shortly after arriving at the King Edward Memorial Hospital yesterday morning.
“ The BPS reported this incident as a hit and run collision yesterday, because it was a hit and run collision, but I am pleased today to state that we have now identified the other vehicle involved in the [fatal] collision,” Inspector Cardwell said. “The vehicle has been impounded and is currently being forensically examined.”
The BPS, with help from members of the public, have identified the driver and potential passenger of the vehicle in question and the female driver is currently in custody being questioned by authorities.
“ The car fled to a nearby neighborhood following the collision, where it was laying low, but still caught the attention of area residents, who engaged with people in the vehicle, but were unsatisfied that they were up to any good,” Inspector Cardwell said.
“ Neighborhood residents called in to the police and we were able to follow up on those reports, secure the vehicle and secure the driver . . . members of the public which came to assist sped [our enquiries] up, and the BPS is certainly grateful for their assistance. I am confident that we would have found the vehicle [in question], but it would have taken a bit longer.”
Inspector Cardwell believes that the BPS has seen a slight increase recently of these types of road incidents; including one just last night, with a damaged motorbike and an injured person believed to be the passenger both lying in the road.
“When people are involved in collisions, they must stop, assist injured parties (if any) and must report it to the police, it’s that simple,” he said.
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