Son of Bermuda opposition legislator killed in single-vehicle accident

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Thursday December 27, 2012 – The 24-year old son of opposition legislator, Michael Weeks, has died in a vehicular accident on Christmas Day, police have confirmed.

They said Malik Weeks died in a single-vehicle accident in Hamilton Parish. His death was the second tragedy to hit Bermuda on Christmas Day after 20-year-old Malcolm Augustus was gunned down and killed on a golf course in St George’s. A 24-year-old man was later arrested.

“Although no words can share our grief, on behalf of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) and Bermuda as a whole, we express our profound condolences to MP Michael Weeks and his entire family,” A PLP spokesman said.

“Malik was a fine and upstanding young man and an excellent father to his young son. We will rally around MP Weeks and his family, and provide the love and strength that, God willing, will allow his family to slowly heal. Our prayers are with him in this tragic time.”

Newly appointed Tourism and Transport Minister Shawn Crockwell offered government’s “sincere condolences to Michael and (his wife) Cindy and their family at this most difficult and distressing time. To lose a young son in such a tragic situation on Christmas Day is unfathomable”.

But he urged residents here to “do their part to end the deaths on our roads that occur all too frequently”.

Crockwell said the statistics are frightening, noting that 10 people have been killed in road accidents so far this year.

“Most of these deaths were preventable. We must all slow down and take personal responsibility for our actions on the roads.” (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)