Update: Policeman dies in five-vehicle smash up in St Philip

The Royal Barbados Police Force is mourning the tragic death of 49-year-old Station Sergeant Clifford Sherlock Bridgeman of #4B, Church Village, St Philip.

Bridgeman — whose death brings to 14 the number of road fatalities for the year, compared to ten for all of last year — passed away at the scene following a five-vehicle smash up, which occurred on Carrington Road, at its injunction with Edgecumbe Hill, St Philip around 6 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, Bridgeman was the front seat passenger in a police vehicle driven by 60-year-old Acting Station Sergeant Orville Lovell of Carmichael, St George.

Reports are that the police vehicle was stationary at the junction Edgecumbe Hill and Carrington Road when 23-year-old Tre Murray of Spring Hall, St Lucy attempted to overtake a number of vehicles along the road.

Murray apparently struck three cars in the process. The other vehicles involved were driven by 79-year-old Eric Thorpe of Ealing Park, Christ Church; 38-year-old Rondell Broomes of Emerald Park, St Philip and 29-year-old Mario Blackett of Greenwich, St James.

The collision resulted in Murray losing control of the car and striking the police vehicle.

Sergeant Bridgeman had to be freed from the vehicle by personnel from the Fire Department using the Jaws of Life, but died at the scene.

Acting Station Sergeant Lovell complained of pain to his right side. He was transported by ambulance to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was treated and discharged.

Blackett escaped unscathed. However, Broomes complained of pain to his face while Thorpe suffered a laceration to his face. They were both treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.

Murray was transported by private vehicle to the QEH, complaining of chest pains. He was treated and discharged, and is currently assisting police with their investigations.


80 Responses to Update: Policeman dies in five-vehicle smash up in St Philip

  1. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman March 27, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Wow ,,,May he rest in peace.

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 27, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Too much careless drivers.

  3. Ryvan Springer
    Ryvan Springer March 27, 2017 at 6:09 am

    So sad. R.I.P my sympathy goes out to the family, friends and his fellow officers. Sorry for your loss

  4. Shirley Yvonne Fields
    Shirley Yvonne Fields March 27, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Sinceŕe condolences to his family and friends May his soul R.I.P

  5. Jean Desrivieres
    Jean Desrivieres March 27, 2017 at 6:13 am

    So sad my friend SIP

  6. Fabian Hinds
    Fabian Hinds March 27, 2017 at 6:19 am


  7. freeagent March 27, 2017 at 6:21 am

    My condolences go out to the relatives and friends of the late Station Sargeant Clifford Bridgeman. May he rest in peace,

  8. Bajan First March 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

    My sympathy goes out to the family of Station Sergeant Bridgeman and the members of the Barbados Police Force

  9. Cheryl Powlett
    Cheryl Powlett March 27, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Sad my Deepest Condolences to Station Sargent Bridgeman’s Family may he Rest in Eternal Peace keep the Faith.

  10. Matthew Jordan
    Matthew Jordan March 27, 2017 at 6:31 am

    So sad. smh
    We have a bunch of traffic wardens walking around Bridgetown giving people senseless tickets when we could do with some much needed extra traffic cops to help police our roads. Majority of road users practice bad habits and we tolerate it. There is nothing to deter them…a police vehicle is hardly around, can’t expect them to be everywhere. Some of the responsibility of policing our roads must be given to the public. We ALL have a civic duty to protect each other!

    • Packy March 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Well I have a better solution. Able body persons like yourself should join the police for and help with traffic enforcement, then and only then would you see why those senseless tickets are important.

      People like you have this believe that because I going right here in must park right here no matter whoever else you inconvenience.

      One of these days hopefully commonsense will strike you.

  11. Mhizz Sha Sha Outram
    Mhizz Sha Sha Outram March 27, 2017 at 6:32 am


  12. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith March 27, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Rip a great man gone too soon.

  13. Bobo March 27, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Free at last—Sargeant C Bridgeman may your spirit -soul- and good memories live on forever.

  14. Jennifer March 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Shalawam Yisrael Hahalaws. Condolences to the family, friends and the members of the Barbados Police Force. Memories don’t live like people do, they always stay with you. May you be comforted at this time.

  15. fedup March 27, 2017 at 6:43 am

    1) RIP.; 2) Send Tre Murray to me.

  16. Quostan Peters March 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Rest in peace. Rise in glory.

  17. Rosetta Burgess
    Rosetta Burgess March 27, 2017 at 7:00 am

    So sad may your soul R I P for the family remember GOD is our refuge & strength he B there for you all.

  18. Brandy White
    Brandy White March 27, 2017 at 7:16 am

    R I P ….My condolences to the family

  19. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron March 27, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Not a broken bone on joker that cause accident but a life gone. Smhh.
    When we going make examples of someone to make a point

  20. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies March 27, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Ppl who cause accidents by doing this kinda s**** on d road should b dealt with different & more so wen a life is lost,so if he didn’t hit d police vehicle would he have stopped cause looking at d video it doesn’t look so & not one shite ain’t do he,Stupsee.

  21. Francena Leacock
    Francena Leacock March 27, 2017 at 7:31 am


  22. Debra James
    Debra James March 27, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Rip my condolences goes out to the family

  23. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson March 27, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Bet you he not the owner of that car and who is paying insurance in access of 7 to 10 thousand to let him be the other driver at that age what a risk my condolence to the family may he rest in peace such a cool person

  24. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 27, 2017 at 7:49 am


  25. Cats March 27, 2017 at 7:52 am

    So sad! another child has to grow up without his father because of foolishness, condolences to the family and the Royal BARBADOS police force, may he rest in peace.

  26. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 27, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Ok , seems like Tre the 23 yr old is at fault …how will this be resolved…..?

    • Shawn Brathwaite
      Shawn Brathwaite March 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Charged, license taken away for good, sent to Dodds and no insurance ever. Everything there.

  27. Marlene Brown
    Marlene Brown March 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

    My god so sad reckless driving leave a family in mourning should b charge for passengers slaughter look how many person’s life this impacted smh

  28. Brian hurley March 27, 2017 at 8:19 am

    When the same police start reporting and makin sure that the BRIGHT BLUE lights on vehicles get removed .
    Then them would not only save other ppl lives but their own.
    If them see a man smokin a ONE (1) joint of weed . He gone get lock up .
    Gavin bright lights and no control makes no sense
    And ya see how fast them got d man and gine want to grind he .
    I sorry ..but that is my opinion

  29. Brian hurley March 27, 2017 at 8:24 am

    $1000 if seen wind BRIGHT illegal lights MANDATORY
    $1000 if seen with dark illegal tint MANDATOR .
    jus like seatbelts people gine Mek noice at first

    • Leroy March 29, 2017 at 2:43 am

      What about speeding, drinking and driving, and reckless driving, driving without due care and attention? What fines force these?

  30. Cheryl Rodney
    Cheryl Rodney March 27, 2017 at 8:43 am


  31. Tanya Edwards March 27, 2017 at 8:44 am

    May ur soul rest in peace an rise in glory

  32. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers March 27, 2017 at 9:07 am

    RIP…so sad my condolences to the family

  33. Lorenza Harvey March 27, 2017 at 9:08 am

    We need to send a strong message to these young lawless drivers that other people use the roads of Barbados and not they one .So lock him up and throw way d key , this must stop they taking people lived trough lawless and careless driving.

  34. North Point March 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

    its very sad at this time, may he rest in peace. I will wait with bated breath to hear what is Tre Murray’s alibi. its now a common practice for our men to race after coming from bushy park. I am wondering who he was chasing, or who he was chasing him, time will tell. RIP , and a speedily to Lovell, you are alive to tell the tales.

  35. kathy-Ann Clarke March 27, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Oh dear, this is sad how he lost his life, and imagine he was just the passenger.
    may he rest in peace and rise with the angels.

  36. Marcelle Mayers
    Marcelle Mayers March 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

    My to condolences to the family ,may he rest in peace ,and rise in glory

  37. Sherry-ann Mayers
    Sherry-ann Mayers March 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

    So sad ,people need to start using the road more responsibly, too often now hearing of all these road fatalities that could be avoided, just use some common sense when driving please,drive to arrive alive

  38. Helicopter(8P) March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    What a colossal dung basket of ignorance in the year 2017 AD!!!

  39. lester March 27, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Arrogance, impatience, and down right stupidity is the causes of most accidents in this country and this case echos all three; young or old he should be charged with manslaughter forget the vehicle part, until an example is made where these idiots on our roads are concern it will continue to happen, condolences to the family and friends of the deceased

    • Appalled March 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Just described yourself in perfect form. Silly human…(and I use human loosely)

  40. carl March 27, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Every day Sgt Johnson is on the radio pleading with road users to be cautious. His sentiments are echoed by other road safety advocates like Mrs Bowen and Mr Jordan. Despite these efforts the folly persists on our roads. These road hogs need to be taught a serious lesson. I hope none of my children or immediate family fall prey to the folly of these nuisances or things will get very ugly very quick because the first thing their family is going to do is to get a lawyer to argue some piss for them to get them off on some technicality as though the victim deserved to die at their hands. The victim’s life meant nothing. I ain’t saying anything else for fear of being prosecuted ’cause I heh getting pretty pissed right now.

  41. Humble Vibes
    Humble Vibes March 27, 2017 at 10:09 am

    So sad…….

  42. Suzanne Nurse
    Suzanne Nurse March 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

    my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  43. Averil March 27, 2017 at 10:35 am

    My condolences to Mr. Bridgemans family…friends and colleagues. May he RIP and rise in glory. Such a pleasant man

  44. Vad50 March 27, 2017 at 11:21 am

    My condolences to his family; and members of Royal Barbados Police Force. May light perpetual shine on him.

  45. Anton March 27, 2017 at 11:23 am

    What is sad is that a lot of young people are driving recklessly on the roads and either getting into accidents or causing accidents. The older folk i.e the over 70 who are driving with due care and attention have to get a medical certificate every year to get their driver’s license renewed. The innocent are paying for the guilty.

  46. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond March 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    So Sad ..R.I.P

  47. Tony Webster March 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Will the real Minister of DOING Something….please stand up?

    For ease of use, please make your selection from these:-
    1. Hon. Minister of Transport, Road Safety, and associated collisions, where road surfaces, layout etc are factors.
    2. Hon. Attorney General: inadequate laws, no breathalyzer etc.; better enforcement of road regulations, including speeding, D.U.I, cellphone hands free mandatory etc.
    3. Hon. Minister of Heath and money spent on patching up mangled bodies; M.RI.’s; medications, prosthetics, physiotherapy.
    4. Hon. Minister of Finance, who has all this needless expense and drain on the public purse, added to his already over-burdened shoulders.
    5. Right Hon. Gentleman who chairs the Thursduh Throng, and has final say of “agenda items”.

    Yes, you may tick “all of the above”

  48. Toni Harvey March 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    And what will we do with Tre Murray?

    • Jennifer March 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Nothing dear.

  49. Dave Chandler March 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    You know what is causing all this madness on our roads today and who has to share some blame it’s the Bdos rally club. These young kids with no road experience are in some cases souping up their vehicles and slapping on racing exhaust to copy the real race drivers and are being encouraged by back-yard mechanics
    I live near the Graeme hall roundabout and every 5 to 10 cars has these loud racing exhaust and these young fools are pretending that they are racing and trying to overtake a number of cars at one time. Ive seen these cars doing what looks like 150 – 180 KL especially at night when they do time trials all along the highway. they do not know how to navigate well yet and as a result are a danger to themselves and other law abiding citizens
    Can the Police please set up road blocks and get them off the roads? Who’s going to be next, another innocent person?

    • RallyRas March 27, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      How did the Bdos rally club get involve in this, how young people
      send there money and modify their vehicles is their business, then in turn drive reckless on public roads placing the general public at risk. You sir owe an apology to the Bdos rally club.

  50. Tony Waterman March 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    My Sincerest Condolences to The affected Families of Station Sergeant Clifford Sherlock Bridgeman, A Good Man Violently and needlessly Taken away from us “TOO” soon.

    May he now Rest in Peace, and may he rise again someday with the Angels in Glory.

    It is my sincerest hope that now that the Policing Fraternity in Barbados has been touched by this out of Hand Phenomenon, that THEY (The Rank and File) WILL see the Necessity of Curbing this Plague from our Streets, Lets get a CRUSADE to make our Streets Safe again for Everyone.

    The Population of the Province of is 2,826,497

    (2016) Forty-four people were killed on the roads while walking or cycling, with more than two-thirds of the victims being seniors over 65. 31 in Vehicular Incidents for a Total for the Year of 75

    Barbados with a Population of 285 894(2017)Has 14 Road fatalities for the First 3 Months of 2017.

    if we take the figure above of 75 Total Fatalities for the year(2016) out of a Population of 2,826,497, versus 14 in 3 Months(2017) out of a Population of 285 894, We are in DEEP Trouble if the Maddening Trend Continues.Unabated

    People are being knocked over and Killed like being in a Bowling Alley.

    Let’s hope that the untimely and unnecessary Death Of Sgt.Bridgeman become a Catalyst for the elimination of this scourge.

    Let’s hope the the Minister of Home Affairs will step up and do whatever has to be done to ELIMINATE this MADNESS from our Streets, lets see some TOUGH LOVE in action.

    Considering the Size of our Roads (Bi-Ways) and the Volume of Vehicles using these Roads, would it not be Prudent to make Overtaking at any time Illegal (Nor Including the ABC Highway) they are separate rules for driving on such Roads Left Lane for Slower drivers, Right lane for Passing Drivers.

    It should be MANDATORY that Drivers who cause this much DEATH and DESTRUCTION, be NOT ELIGIBLE to hoild a Drivers Licence for Not Less than TEN (10) Years.
    and if Caught Driving be Incarcerated for that Time.

    Here we have RED LIGHT Cameras for Drivers who Cross a Controlled Intersection AFTER the Yellow Light is on, My Suggestion for Barbados as far as Speeding is Concerned, why dont the Install Speed Cameras, the have them in Brooklyn NY. If the Speed on the particular Road is 50MPH and you are doing 60MPH you will AUTOMATICALLY be served a Citation as the Camra Has a Photo of you Car doind that excess 10MPH on File, you can’t argue it it has your Licence Plate and Car.
    This could be a source of Much Needed Funds for the Treasury, instaed of Raising Taxed, let the Violaters Pay the Costs.


  51. LVC March 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Very distressing

  52. Tony Waterman March 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    @Dave Chandler!!!! You are way out into Left Field, This Lands at the FEET of the MInister Responsible for Transport, if it is made ILLEGAL to have Such Modificatipon done to A Street Car, then this would Not be a Problem. if you want to use your car for Rallying/Racing, Then it would NOT be eligible to be used on the Streets. An d if Caught being Driven on the Street, it should be Confiscated, and Perhaps Donated to The RBPF as a Pursuit Car.
    But the Minister would have to Bring Legislation to the Parliament to be passed into Law.

    The Rally Club has been around for eons without any problems like this being blamed on them, we had People like Dobby Douglas, Bizzy Williams, Stoute, Waterman, and many more, most of them had separate Cars for rallying/Racing, and so it MUST Be.

    Laying blame like this is a COP out.

    • Dave Chandler March 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      True Tony you’re right in a sense that it used to be no problems in the old days of Bizzy ect. but now- a- days it has turned into a trend and lots of the young testosterone driven youths when they get their first car want to be a rally driver and I think that the rallyist these days see a profit to be made by the importation of racing mufflers, diffs, tyres, cabs, and whatever you need to soup-up an otherwise slow car. They realize that they are now idols for the young and ignorant and are promoting their product more than ever before. Watch how the youngsters drive after watching a race at bushy park or after a day or night rally. Yes the Minister need to do something instantly as some rally cars do drive on the streets and are being mimicked by the inexperienced. The rallyist should work with the police to try to curb the recklessness from these high speed drivers

  53. Melissa Jones Shortie
    Melissa Jones Shortie March 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Rip such a nice guy

  54. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement March 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I wonder what these road safety advocates will say now….
    They were parked..

  55. Veronica Alcide March 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    So sad, my condolences to the family, friends and members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  56. Jennifer March 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    @Dave Chandler – I can see both with you and Tony W. But black people are like SHEEP they will only follow unlike goats who like to lead. Same for their gun $hit, hotep hustling $hit, Reggae Drunken herb $hit, Sagging pants $hit, In other words they are easy to do $hit and slow to follow anything with common sense. Sorry to say what we need is for some of the politicians and the big boys to be in the sardine CAN and then legislation will be put in place.

  57. David N Moskakuk March 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Even a simple inclusion in press reports with respect to any motor vehicle accident detailing charges laid by police or pending, with specifics, would spread the word that there is a a consequence for driving outside the law. In the bigger jurisdictions ( US/Canada/UK) in the least, a policeman arriving on the scene of a crash has priorities simplisticly A/ injuries -deal with, call ambulance, start in motion whatever is necessary to extricate people to safety ( ie Jaws of Life). B / consider traffic blockages and get the road clear if possible, taking into account the police investigation which may be required, particularly if a fatal accident. C / lay applicable charges or at least formulate a plan for pending charges which may arise out of whatever initial investigation reveals

  58. Observer March 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Condolences goes out to the family of the policeman,and the other parties that got hurt,I’m wishing everyone well,i keep saying why is these immature and in experience driver’s always in such a damn hurry speeding like a damn fool killing and endangering innocent peoples i hope they lock his ass up and throw away the damn key this jackass just deprived a family member from his family it makes me sick

  59. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley March 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    What is wrong with these drivers ? you drive and cause an innocent person to lose their life, you should be done for murder. R.I.P.

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva March 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      I read that some involved were racing. If this is indeed the case, there should be manslaughter charges.

    • Irma Corbin
      Irma Corbin March 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Exactly I agree then they go away with a slap on the wrist, my sister got killed this exact way on her job working with MTW driver couldn’t wait overtook a number of cars lost control and kill her the judge gave him community service.

  60. Beverley Griffith
    Beverley Griffith March 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    My condolences to his family

  61. Robert Ellis March 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Rip Sherlock, We grow up together in Sayes Court. Saw him in December when I was back there.
    Rest in Peace my Friend.

  62. Dana Gill
    Dana Gill March 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Condolences to the family may he rest in peace

  63. North Point March 27, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Marcia I think you mean “MURDER”,

  64. Detective Anthony Williams March 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    On behalf of myself and the Toronto Police Service (Canada) i would like to offer my condolences to the sergeants family and his colleagues. Heros in life not death!

  65. Sophia Weaver
    Sophia Weaver March 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    So tragic and avoidable. Reckless endangerment, driving without regard for other road users. I know we all have to die and unfortunately accidents will happen but this incident did not have to occur. Condolences to the deceased’ family and loved ones

  66. bronxdog March 27, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I know not what caused this, but there needs to be an aggressive taking to task of those who drive under the inflluence of drink, drive at excessive speed and especially the plague of texting and driving… when behind the wheel one has, but one obligation… to drive responsibly, which means respecting others and the rules of the road.

  67. Christopher Harewood March 28, 2017 at 2:50 am

    My deepest condolences to the family and to all the members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.Station Sergeant Clifford Bridgeman was a wonderful man whom I have known for years before returning back home whilst working in the force.It saddens me to read things like this,leaving his entire family,his kid and partner behind,due to someone who was an irresponsible road user.Rest in Peace my friend, god blessings be.

  68. marva March 28, 2017 at 3:53 am

    An officer and a gentleman. yes, that a cliché but it truly described Bridgeman. And though a tragedy like this one hits the heart hard, because of who he was, it drives a more forceful and direct blow.
    He was kind and loyal; a good father and son. And in today’s world where friendship is bought and sold on a scale that weighs strict materially things, where it is bartered, Bridgeman demonstrated a friendship devoid of such selfish devices.
    Bridgeman, sleep with the angels. And I pray, God give those of us left behind the faith to reach the point where we can truly say and believe that He knows best, for that faith can waver during times such as these.
    Let us pray that the extreme reckless that cost your life abates. I believe you took the impact and unintentional saved that young man’s life. He would have die in a folded up car if your vehicle wasn’t there.
    I pray that he will recognises this as well as his recklessness and whether or not the state punishes him, that he will pay his due to society by continuing the example you have set with regards to community and civic service… that he voluntarily gives back to his country.

  69. Ashlei Taylor March 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Rest in peace uncle Sherlock it is how you are the only that die and he is the one doing foolishness on the road and is still alive I miss you so much I hope the rest of the family feel better we cried our eyes out.R.I.P uncle Sherlock

    Love,Ashlei and Makayla


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