Scene of tragedy: Harbour Road in Paget. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Scene of tragedy: Harbour Road in Paget. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, JUNE 15: A visitor who died in a rental scooter crash was a research doctor at a prestigious London college.

Dr Joseph Footitt, from London, died on Wednesday afternoon after his scooter was in collision with a car on Harbour Road in Paget.

He was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital after the collision, but died of his injuries.

His wife Emma, 36, suffered only minor injuries and was released after treatment.

A police spokesman said last night: “The investigation into this fatal collision is ongoing and any witnesses are asked to contact PC James Eli at the Roads Policing Unit.

“The Bermuda Police Service extends condolences to Mr Footitt’s wife, family and friends.”

Anyone with information that could help the enquiry should contact PC James Eli on 295-0011.

Officers investigating the crash, which happened between the junctions of Manse Road and Chapel Road, sealed off the area, but reopened it later that day.

The death is the second road fatality of the year – with both involving overseas visitors on rental bikes.

In February, Michael Lancellotta, 48, of Rhode Island in the US, died after his rental cycle was in collision with a water truck in Wellington Street, St George’s.

Research

Dr Footitt, 37, was a medic at Imperial College in London.

He worked as a clinical research fellow in the National Heart and Lung Institute, specializing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Dr Footitt trained at Guy’s and St Thomas Medical School in London and joined Imperial College in 2007 in a research role.

He was involved in a major research project into lung diseases emphysema and chronic bronchitis when he died.

It is understood he and his wife were due to attend a wedding here this weekend.