Elderly teacher killed in crash - Cops search for driver involved

August 13, 2019

The Westmoreland police say they have now launched a search for a motorist who was involved in a hit-and-run accident last Saturday, which claimed the life of a male teacher along Kingswood main road.

The deceased has been identified as 64-year-old Norman Reid, teacher of Grove Garden, in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

"We are asking members of the public for their assistance to locate this motorist, who is behind the death of this teacher," a senior officer from the parish told The WESTERN STAR. "We are also asking motorists to be extra cautious when travelling along the roadway; persons must be vigilante and drive with care."

The senior officer noted that Westmoreland is now seeing an increase in motor vehicle accidents, and road fatalities.

"As it stands, a total of 28 persons have lost their lives in 27 accidents in Westmoreland since the start of the year," the officer said.

Reports are that Reid was riding a bicycle along a section of the Kingswood main road, in the direction of Frome.

On reaching the vicinity of the Westmore Academy, the driver of a motorcycle who was travelling close behind him, failed to keep to his left and collided with a Blue Toyota motor car which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The motor car driver lost control and mowed down Reid, who was thrown on to the roadway and sustained head and body injuries.

The driver of the Toyota sped away from the scene. Reid, along with Johnelle Simms, the motorcycle operator, were rushed to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, where Reid was pronounced dead, and Simms admitted in serious condition.

Since the start of the year, 86 persons have lost their lives in 73 road accidents in the Area One Police Division.

This is compared to 69 persons being killed in 55 accidents at this same period last year.

- H.B.

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