On Dec. 6, police officers of the Road Traffic Division and Central Detective Unit (CDU) met for a press conference to bring an update on Abaco’s most recent traffic fatalities.
Inspector Mario Murphy began with the traffic accident on Nov.17 at 11:50 p.m., which claimed the lives of three young people near Fire Road in North Abaco. Police arrested 18-year-old James Alexander Williams, the driver of a gray Cadillac. He was arraigned before Magistrate Ancella Williams on Dec.3 on several charges.
Mr. Williams was charged with three counts of killing in the course of dangerous driving; driving a motor vehicle while not covered by third party insurance; driving a motor vehicle in excess of the speed limit; and driving without a valid driver’s license. Mr. Williams pled not guilty to the charges, and was granted $9,000 bail with one surety and ordered to report to the Cooper’s Town Police Station every Sunday. The matter is adjourned until Feb.18, 2013.
Meanwhile, Techelet Joseph, 34, was the victim of the second traffic fatality, which occurred on Nov.25 at 12:30 a.m. Joseph was driving along Forest Drive in a green, two-door Honda with three other passengers when the accident occurred. Inspector Murphy said that based on investigations, speed and possibly the use of alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this latest incident. There were no charges in this matter.
Inspector Murphy went on to urge motorists to exercise care and to cut back on the use of alcohol while driving. He said that during the holiday season they will be paying special attention to those who drink and drive, and people who are speeding on Forest Drive and S.C. Bootle Highway particularly in the evenings.
With the introduction of weekend patrols, Inspector Murphy said they will begin targeting traffic offenders like those who travel with one headlight, and those with high definition lights.
Next, Detective Sgt. 2377 Christopher Farquharson shared that an increase in crime during this time is expected. The CDU unit will focus on shopbreaking, housebreaking and armed robberies.
Farquharson suggested that people pay attention to their properties, and ensure that their residences and businesses are secure. He suggested the addition of surveillance cameras and alarms.
“If you see anything unusual call the police,” Detective Farquharson recommended. “We’ll be doing a lot of special patrols around, so we’ll be there to assist.”
Detective Farquharson shared that just the night before on Dec. 5, there was an attempted armed robbery at the Island Game Shop around 7:10 p.m. A male dressed in female clothing entered the establishment demanding cash, but was unable to get behind the cash register. Unsuccessful, the would-be robber fled the scene. He said that police are actively investigating leads from that incident.
“This is just an example of some of the things that we can expect as the Christmas season approaches,” he said. “We are asking business owners to pay particular attention to what’s going around the building, [and] make sure the surveillance cameras are working and in good order.”
Finally, Detective Farquharson said that police are still on the lookout for Nevin Russell, who is wanted by the CDU for housebreaking, shop breaking and stealing. Russell’s last known whereabouts are between The Mudd and Pigeon Pea communities.