Sunday 12 July, 2020

Fiery motor vehicle fatality on Christmas Day

A man died in a fiery motor vehicle crash along the Content main road in Manchester on Christmas Day.

The deceased has been identified as Dwayne Patterson.

The police said they are still trying to ascertain the age and address of the victim.

Reports are that at about 2:30 p.m., the man was driving his Honda Civic motorcar when he lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a building and minutes later, burst into flames.

The police reported that the driver was burnt to death inside the vehicle.

The death comes just days after the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining issued a call for motorists to exercise greater caution when traveling on the roads.

Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare, said as the Christmas season approached, persons, particularly motorists and pedestrians, should exercise greater care on the roads.

 “We are appealing to drivers to cut their speed and look out for vulnerable road users; never overtake on a bend or at a junction or unnecessarily; and never drive in a manner that will prove offensive to other road users. In addition, always use your seatbelts, ensure passengers in the vehicle utilise them as well, and (that) children are securely fastened in the correct protective devices.”

Hare noted that since the start of the year approximately 360 deaths were recorded from 318 fatal crashes.

Motorcyclists, pedestrians, passengers in private motor vehicles, and drivers of private motor vehicles accounted for some 80 per cent of road users who were killed to date.

Statistics from the RSU also highlighted that male deaths continue to outnumber female deaths by a very significant number. Of the 360 deaths, 311 were males and 49 females.

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