13 August 2017
Further to the press release issued yesterday regarding a fatal road traffic accident that occurred on Deadwood Road during the early hours of Saturday, 12 August 2017, the Police can advise that the surviving passengers and driver of the vehicle were admitted to hospital on the same day to receive the necessary medical treatment for minor injuries. They were later able to go home.
The scene of the accident has been returned to normal.
The driver of the vehicle has been interviewed and released on Police Conditional Bail pending further inquiries.
Acting Chief Inspector Jonathan Thomas said:
“This tragic incident has impacted our close knit community and will do so for some time. I thank all for respecting the family’s right to privacy at this difficult and sensitive time and our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.
“This incident has tested the resilience of the Emergency Services and I would like to praise the responding emergency personnel, our partner agencies and community for their dedication and commitment. Personnel worked their normal duty and remained on duty and those who were called to assist out of their normal work hours did not hesitate. Thank you to the relief personnel who took over from their colleagues, staff who provided a normal service to the community whilst their colleagues were attending this incident, family and friends for supporting those who were involved in the accident, the generosity of the community for looking after the attending personnel with food and drinks, and not forgetting the families of the personnel who attended and assisted with this incident.
“This experience is not an everyday occurrence on St Helena and people deal with trauma and stress in different ways, please do not keep your feelings to yourself, I encourage any member of the community who has been affected by this incident or know anyone who has been affected to talk to someone.”
Persons needing support should contact:
- For spiritual guidance (regardless of religion) – contact Father Dale in person or via tel: 22663, or alternatively contact your own religious leader
- For medical advice – visit your Doctor, Community Nurses or the Mental Health Team or give them a call on tel: 22500, 23563, and 22593
- Friend or personal confidant – tell someone how you feel, they can help you to decide if you need further help
- Police Headquarters on tel: 22626 or a Police Officer who will put you in contact with the appropriate person
- The Samaritans provide a 24/7 service via the confidential and free phone telephone number: 20000
13 August 2017