Towed away: The car involved in yesterday’s crash. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
Towed away: The car involved in yesterday’s crash. *Photo by Raymond Hainey

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19: A gas station worker who ran to assist at a road crash that claimed the life of a 45-year-old man was stunned when he recognized the victim as a friend.

He was speaking after a St George’s man died after his bike was in collision with a car on North Shore Road outside Terceira’s gas station in Devonshire.

The gas station employee, who asked not to be named, said he was horrified when he saw his friend lying in the road.

The gas station worker said: “I went over to try to help. I recognized the bike, then I saw my mate. It was a terrible thing.

“I didn’t want to turn him over — he was lying on his face – we thought if we did that, something else might go wrong. The police arrived first – a police officer tried to do what he could, but there wasn’t much he could do.

“The police were here before the ambulance.

“I just talked to my mate until the ambulance arrived.”

The gas station worker said he was outside the gas station shop when the crash happened. He said: “It was just unbelievable – I was standing watching the car turn. I could see him (the bike rider) trying to brace himself – it was like slow motion.”

The Bermuda Sun is aware of the identity of the man, who worked at a supermarket chain, but has chosen not to identify him yet.

The gas station worker said: “He was a really nice guy, quiet and worked hard.”

He added that he felt that the ambulance took too long to arrive at the scene compared to police.

But a spokeswoman for the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital said records showed emergency call was logged at 2.18pm and an ambulance arrived just six minutes later.

She added that paramedics gave the badly injured man CPR and he arrived at the hospital at 2.32pm — a total of 14 minutes after the 911 call.

The accident happened as the car was turning right into the gas station.

The man, who has not been named by police, was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but died of his injuries shortly after arrival.

The occupants of the car were unhurt.

Witnesses

Appealing for witnesses, a police spokesman said no further details of the dead man would be released until next of kin had been informed.

He added: “A full investigation is now underway and I would appeal for any witnesses to contact police.”

The death marks the eighth road fatality of the year.

Travis Smith, who was 26, was killed in a road accident at almost exactly the same spot in July 2006 and a cross bearing his name and dates, as well as fresh flowers, stands at the roadside.