Man dies in freak traffic accident

POSTED: 03/2/15 11:50 PM

St. Maarten —A freak accident on the Bishop Hill Road involving a reckless driver, a parked car and a backhoe resulted in the death of a pedestrian as he walked back to his apartment building at approximately 6:00am on Saturday after reportedly putting out his garbage. The driver is currently in police custody.

According to a police report from police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson, a preliminary investigation by the police traffic department indicates that the driver of a grey colored Nissan X-trail with license plate P-5324 was driving at very high speed on the Bishop Hill road coming from the round-about in Dutch Quarter. For unknown reasons this vehicle came off the road and impacted a white Hyundai Elantra with license plate P-9917 which was parked on the side of the road. At the same time the victim who was walking towards the apartment building he lives at, was also struck and ended up impacting a backhoe parked on the property of the apartment building resulting in severe head and body trauma. Dr. Mercuur came to the scene and pronounced the death of the victim.

Several police patrols, police traffic department and paramedics were sent to the Bishop hill road Saturday morning following reports of the serious traffic accident involving a pedestrian who was not showing any signs of life. “The investigating officers encountered the accident scene that had a lot of material damage. They officers also located the lifeless body of a male victim with initials D.C. (46) under the rear wheel of a backhoe which was parked on the property where the accident occurred. The victim had also suffered severe trauma to his head and body. The paramedics were on scene but could however not save the victim,” Inspector Ricardo Henson explained.

The driver of the Nissan X-Train was arrested for further investigations.

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