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TCI Police arrest driver in traffic fatality of 77 year-old man

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#Providenciales, November 23, 2020 — A shocking silence now settles over the Blue Hills community as yet again, news of the death of one of its patriarchs is shared over social media. It was the usual early morning walk for a 77-year old businessman and long -time Turks and Caicos resident, but a set of unusual events would lead to the old man being struck by a motorist with his walking companion who is now hospitalised, said to be with non-life threatening injuries. 

The very popular and beloved man was killed and seems to have died at the scene.

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Police inform that its Traffic Unit is investigating the horrific accident which took place around 5:49 a.m. (Monday November 23) and police say the accident was caused by one car.  That driver remained on the scene of the accident and is now arrested, in police custody facing charges of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving and Dangerous Driving.

The freakish nature of the car crash evoked questions and alarm and demands.

Questions about how it could happen.  Alarm about who was involved and the final moments for such a loving family man and demands for safer walking infrastructure, like sidewalks to run the full length of the community on all of its main roadways.

We are withholding the identity of the deceased until it is certain his family which is both here in Turks and Caicos and his native Jamaica, are informed of the sudden, shocking passing.

Blue Hills, on May 3, 2020 lost Bro Percy Williams, gunned down in a botched armed home invasion; he was 77-years old.

Also in May, former Deputy Chief Minister of the country, Hon Hilly Ewing died at the age of 90-years old; his death was due to illness.

And now this; the unthinkable has brought grief again to the family which has experienced heart-breaking losses in recent years to both terminal illness and violence.

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Though Police describe the incident as involving just one vehicle, other reports strongly suggest there was a second vehicle which caused the deadly collision and then fled the scene.  It was said the driver, irresponsibly made a U-turn in the street and a second car, in an attempt to avoid crashing into him instead careened into the two walkers.

Residents who wait to hear more about this morning’s tragic accident want the police to find out exactly what happened and put an end to the speculation, and they want Government officials to also end the unsafe conditions for pedestrians in Blue Hills and Wheeland.

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Rescued

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Media Release

June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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