Road Fatalities Edge Closer to 300

Road fatalities in Jamaica edged closer towards the 300-mark over the weekend.

This, following three separate accidents claiming five lives within five hours. Dead are 20-year-old hotel worker Bianca Findlay and her 22-year old boyfriend, Rasheed Bromwell.

The couple died when the car in which they were travelling collided with a bus in Duncans, Trelawny on Saturday morning.

Fourteen tourists were injured during the accident but none of their injuries are considered life-threatening.

Meanwhile, in Westmoreland, also on Saturday morning – Police reports are that 29-year-old hotel worker Tean Collin and 29-year-old Kerol Bernard of Prospect district in the parish, died when motorcycles on which they were riding collided.

In another incident – reports are that at about 6:00 Saturday morning, 19-year-old Samantha Herle lost her life during a motor vehicle accident in St. Ann. Herle was a passenger in a car that was travelling from Ocho Rios to St Ann’s Bay.

The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and hit an embankment before Herle was thrown from the car. She died while undergoing treatment at the St. Ann’s Bay hospital. The driver was not injured.

The five fatalities bring to 296 the number of people who’ve been killed in motor vehicle accidents in Jamaica since the beginning of this year.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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