Cyclist dies

Barbados records its 25th road fatality for the year

With just over two days to go before the New Year begins, tragedy has struck during rush hour on the busy ABC Highway, claiming the life of a 35-year-old motorcyclist.

Damien Jason Anton Taylor, of #34 Durants, Christ Church, died in a fatal crash, which occurred around 4:05 p.m. between the Norman Niles and Clyde Walcott roundabouts.

The tragic accident also involved 36-year-old David Haynes of West Terrace, St James, who was also riding a motorcycle, and 35-year-old Stirling Workman of Oxnards, St James, who was driving a van.

The fatal crash occurred around 4:05 p.m. between the Norman Niles and Clyde Walcott roundabouts.

According to police, Taylor and Haynes were riding along the Barrow section of the Highway when their motorcycles collided with the van. Both riders lost control of their cycles with Taylor striking the jersey bars. He died at the scene.

Haynes suffered pain about the body and opted to seek private medical attention.

The tragedy brings to 25 the number of fatal road accidents so far this year that have resulted in 28 deaths.

Data released by the Barbados Fire Service this week revealed that there was a 22.4 per cent rise in vehicular accidents as of December 27 when compared to the with the same period last year.

According to the BFS statistics there were 93 motor vehicle accidents as of Wednesday, compared to 76 last year.

In light of today’s road death, Police Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler is appealing to members of the public to exercise caution as they prepare for Old Year’s celebrations this weekend.

“I want to urge partygoers and persons who intend to celebrate the ending of another year to utilize a little more caution. As they participate in any activity, engage in responsible behaviour, so their 2018 can be ushered in [without lives being] lost,” he told reporters on the scene this evening.

Police have appealed to members of public who witnessed the accident to contact the District ‘A’ Police Station at 430-7472.

28 Responses to Cyclist dies

  1. Melva Roach
    Melva Roach December 30, 2017 at 1:23 am


  2. Jada Phenix
    Jada Phenix December 30, 2017 at 2:06 am

    God will keep and protect his family during this truly awful and heartbreaking moment.

  3. Nadine Elias
    Nadine Elias December 30, 2017 at 2:22 am

    So sad.

  4. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley December 30, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Very sad indeed. R.I.P.

  5. hcalndre December 30, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Twenty five road fatalities; means that 25 persons died, right? then you said it resulted in 28 deaths. Is fatality meaning that some one or more persons lost their lives in an accident or disaster? Just asking.

    • Jay Jay December 30, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Read again. 25 road ACCIDENTS resulting in 28 deaths. Meaning some accidents had multiple fatalities.

    • Right14 December 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

      They said 25 fatal road accidents
      25 accidents that had fatal results, 28 deaths

      “The tragedy brings to 25 the number of fatal road accidents so far this year that have resulted in 28 deaths.”

      that statement could be no clearer
      It’s not rocket science.

    • gsmiley December 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      ‘The tragedy brings to 25 the number of fatal road accidents so far this year that have resulted in 28 deaths’.

      Read that again hcaindre and try to comprehend it.

      Read it slowly like a six year old.

      See if you see the part where it says 25 fatal road accidents.

      You obviously didn’t do too well in comprehension.

    • Wayne Prescod December 30, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      More than one person died in some of the accidents.

  6. Caroline Trotman
    Caroline Trotman December 30, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Condolences to the family may he rest in peace

  7. Suzanne Johnson December 30, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Read the report. It says…25 fatal road accidents, which has resulted in 28 road fatalities.
    Sad way to end a very long sad 2017. RIP. Condolences to his family and friends.

  8. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke December 30, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Condolences to his family.

  9. Observer December 30, 2017 at 7:53 am

    RIP And condolences goes out the family,
    These motorcycles guys have slow down on the highway and ride with some sense it’s very disturbing with they riding habits

  10. Margaret Gibbs
    Margaret Gibbs December 30, 2017 at 8:24 am


  11. Richard Johnston December 30, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Motorcycles should have to obey the same rules of the road as 4-wheeled vehicles, as they do in North America. They are a menace to themselves and others weaving in and out of traffic.

  12. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 30, 2017 at 8:38 am

    They need to take their time and ride these bike on the road. Or a lot more is going to die.

  13. Sherryl Adams December 30, 2017 at 8:42 am

    It read: 25 fatal road accidents that resulted in 28 road fatalities. Very sad to hear it doesn’t matter what time of year. Things will happen but it hurts

  14. Janelle Boyce
    Janelle Boyce December 30, 2017 at 8:58 am

    RIp D

  15. sugga December 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

    so sad to see a young life gone so soon
    condolences to his family and friends

  16. Dawn Hamblin
    Dawn Hamblin December 30, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Prayers for the family RIP

  17. Gem L Best
    Gem L Best December 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

    So sad, RIP

  18. Alana Fritz-Jameson
    Alana Fritz-Jameson December 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my goodness. This has me really upset. Damien and I spoke of things of eternal value just two weeks ago. Very sorry. HWLS lecturer.

  19. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Some time in the 1970’s we had a series of motorcycle deaths involving young men. The cycle of the day could be the Honda or the Kawasaki.
    The current spate of cycle deaths is reminiscent of that time. Without prejudice to this incident, you can only court disaster so much without actually bring it to pass. I cannot fail to note that Postmen/woman and Policemen/women and other average citizens who also ride cycles do so without these kinds of disasters. There is a lesson there for somebody.

  20. Andre December 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    The BFS should not be giving stats on traffic accidents. That is data that would be more accurate coming from the RBPF. The BFS only responds to a fraction of accidents in Barbados.

  21. Jason A. Tull
    Jason A. Tull December 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    As usual some very stupid comments smfh. R.I.P guy, condolences to friends, family and workmates etc

  22. Belfast December 30, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    7.30 PM. Riding along a busy highway in a very densely populated district in Christ Church, motorcyclist proceeded to do a wheelie overtaking a PSV and ignoring oncoming traffic. At least this cycle had front and rear lights, but what good are they when the headlamp was spotting towards the heavens and the rear lamp towards hell.

  23. jennifer December 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Condolence to the family and friends. Please be careful guys we keep losing our black men to many wars – guns, drugs, crime, prison, etc. We need you.

  24. Alison Frost
    Alison Frost December 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    As a frequent user of the highway it was just a matter of time before this happened. These bikers go along the highway at high speed without regard to other road users or themselves. They dodge in and out of lanes and even ride between lanes.


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