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UPDATE: Motor scooter rider succumbs to injuries

- identified as SCB resident Ryan Adams; truck driver on the run
The accident at Duffs Bottom, Tortola, on October 23, 2019 involved a motor scooter and a truck, and claimed the life of Sea Cows Bay resident, Ryan Adams, 20. Photo: Team of Reporters
A motorscooter rider reportedly received severe injuries following a collision with a truck at Duffs Bottom last evening, October 23, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
A motorscooter rider reportedly received severe injuries following a collision with a truck at Duffs Bottom last evening, October 23, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our news desk from senior police sources is that the rider involved in an accident at Duffs Bottom, Tortola, last night, October 23, 2019 has died.

Ryan Adams, 20, of Sea Cows Bay succumbed to his injuries sometime this morning, October 24, 2019 at Peebles Hospital. He had undergone emergency surgery last night.

Police are now looking for the driver of the truck (licence plate: CM 6493), who allegedly fled the scene of the accident.

Eyewitnesses described the driver as a short brown-skinned male in his early twenties.

According to reports, it was around 9:30pm when Adams was proceeding west on a motor scooter (licence plate: MC 1207) and collided with the truck that was headed in the direction of Road Town.

The mishap took place in the vicinity of Island Department Store in Duffs Bottom on the main island of Tortola.

The management and staff of Virgin Islands News Online extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Ryan Adams.

See previous article published October 24, 2019

Motor scooter rider seriously injured in accident @ Duffs Bottom

A rider of a motor scooter was said to be in critical condition following an accident at Duffs Bottom, Tortola, last evening, October 23, 2019.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, the accident took place some time before midnight and also involved a truck.

The motorscooter rider was taken to hospital with what appeared to be severe injuries.

In is unclear at this time to our newsroom what were the circumstances surrounding the accident.

More details to follow.

51 Responses to “UPDATE: Motor scooter rider succumbs to injuries”

  • fish (24/10/2019, 07:36) Like (36) Dislike (51) Reply
    So sorry to hear this....another young man perhaps lost.

    When will this scooter situation be gotten under control ? They tear around illegally disturbing responsible drivers in a hurry to get nowhere. i wonder if they have a clue how immature they look to most mature people ?

    Please Police....this situation is loooong overdue.
    • @Fish (24/10/2019, 09:06) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
      The article never mentioned how the accident took place nor gave any indication that the motorist was in the wrong. Yes, we have an on going issue with the way motorist behave on these scooters. Yes, something needs to be done to help save the lives of persons, especially our young people, who frequent these scooters. However to generalize and make it sound as if all motorist are irresponsible is silly.

      There may be equal irresponsible drivers as there are irresponsible motorists. Drivers that see the need to overtake around corners, overtake past 3 or more cars because, as you say, they are "in a hurry to get nowhere", and most importantly, drivers who are/were involved in hit and run accidents but proceed to flee the scene, whether they were in the wrong or not. That, as you stated above, very "immature" and irresponsible thing one can do, scared or not.

      Yes, I do agree persons that drive this way, whether on scooters or in vehicles are irresponsible because they sometimes do not factor in life. Theirs or others. So if we are to look at the problem in general let us consider all factors and not just one aspect.

      More so, let us focus on the lives that were lost to the tragedies of the road due to carelessness or unfortunate circumstances. Let us focus on the families who are left to grieve at these losses. May God be with them in these moments.
    • U A @$$ (24/10/2019, 09:27) Like (39) Dislike (5) Reply

      U can’t read or u jus d*mb the truck man hit he and fled the scene an the scooter riders is still to blame. 

    • Idiot Silencer (24/10/2019, 10:11) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply

      You really feel this was something you needed to comment up under this horrific tragedy...you don't know whether he was riding fast or slow, ignorantly or mindfully...you dont know whose fault it was...and even if it was his fault..keep your mouth close and let people mourn in peace...go to the police station nd tell them what you have to say directly...other than them noone else give a flying sh*t what you got to say.

    • tree (24/10/2019, 22:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      It's sad indeed and such a tragedy at his young age,and also I've seen them at nights both young and old wearing dark clothing,and I'm like please why you guys can't wear brighter colors.
      They riding in black shirt and black or dark blue jeans,in case of anything drivers can't see them coming in these dark color clothes...
      My sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time,because it's never easy losing a love one
  • JVD (24/10/2019, 09:00) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow cuz tears running down my face long tears man you was by my side when I was in the hospital just weeks ago always uplifting with positive words family I can’t believe diss happen to you rest easy love alone R.I.P. Ryan
  • Yes (24/10/2019, 09:04) Like (23) Dislike (10) Reply
    @fish I completely understand your feelings. I don’t know the situation surrounding this incident if he was at fault or not. However something really needs to be done about these scooter riders. They always putting people at risk. Yesterday self I watch one of them run the red light and would have been hit if the other driver didn’t slow down. And police have these things on video but won’t do a thing.
  • Young (24/10/2019, 09:22) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    20 years old, recent graduate of Elmore Stoutt, young man ... life just begun. Was he wearing a helmet?
  • Hit the nail on the head (24/10/2019, 09:22) Like (5) Dislike (29) Reply
    Condolences to the family.

    We need to give these youngsters a race track to ride off their energy.

    Of course incidents such as this will not stop, but can be lessened if the government or a private property owner is willing to donate piece of land for a race track for auto racing....pleeeeeassseee help.

    Anegada is not a good choice as the noise would mess with the eco system there.
    • @Hit the nail... (24/10/2019, 10:58) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
      No you need to raise the youngsters right and teach them common sense!
    • Qhno (24/10/2019, 19:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Eh?
      Tis that type of rational which has created these young goofy surreal youngsters with parents to match.
    • See (24/10/2019, 22:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      you absolute f - - - ing moron . !!!!
  • word on the street (24/10/2019, 09:57) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    “last night apparently someone took up Aaron them work truck and ran clean into the boy then got on a scooter that was waiting on him and ran so basically it seemed out of spite base on how the hit happen”

    My condolences
    • "Pick Sense" (24/10/2019, 10:37) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not to defend or pick sides but think about it, if the driver of the truck got on a scooter, wouldn't the truck that they were driving would have been at the scene. I'm not the best reader but the story clearly stated that the vehicle "Fled the scene." Stop assuming BS just because u saw a certain name.
      • @Pick sense (24/10/2019, 11:48) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        Actually the news says the "driver" fled the scene. The fact that eyewitness could give a description that it was a short male means he was on foot or something. The point right now is not really to be picking on each other. We just need to support the family in their time of loss.
  • Helmets??? (24/10/2019, 09:57) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not saying a helmet would have saved this poor young man but the situation here is beyond terrible. Its a laughingstock. I watch police in traffic every day behind helmetless scooter riders, blatantly refusing to enforce the law of helmets. Are the police afraid of scooter riders or just lazy? WHY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO WE NOT ENFORCE HELMET LAWS IN THIS TERRITORY!!!
    • soo (24/10/2019, 10:59) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      I attended a Seminar that included a Police Officer and many Counsellors. A question was asked to the Police Officer, "What is done by the Police to control these young men on these Motor Bikes?" The answer was, "when these guy are charged with an offense and taken to court, they pay a fee of $20.00". He also said. " that an amended Legislation Act will have to be passed giving measures to be taken." I agreed with this answer, therefore it is on us the public to have our elected representatives npass this Legislation because I can see more tragedy awaiting us.
    • @helmets??? (24/10/2019, 16:52) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Completely agree. There's also no point if the helmet just sits on the head and is not clicked in underneath. The amount of scooter riders I see with the helmet just resting on their head- madness. I think scooter riders in the territory upon taking their license need to watch video's of riders having an accident at even 30mph and understand that death even at this relatively low speed is a significant possibility. My condolences to this young mans family, I hope that this can at least be a catylyst for change in this young mans honor.
  • @word on the streets (24/10/2019, 10:27) Like (5) Dislike (36) Reply
    If yall dont know the real story behind the incident then yu should be quiet. It wasnt a willfull act he fled the scene to tell the owner of the truck what happen and yall need to stop blaming everything on scooter rider and yall need to learn to use yall damn license senses better with yall reckless driving
    • He couldn’t Call?? (24/10/2019, 11:04) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      He phone stop work
      • Really (27/10/2019, 11:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Everyone today has a cellphone. Even for some reason he did not have the cellphone with him; leaving should have never crossed his mind. He fled the scene to notify the owner about his truck while a young man was laying on the road dying. But the bigger matter was letting the owner know his truck was damaged. Does this even make sense? Whether the scooter rider was in the wrong or not, he is someone's son and common decency should've kept him there.
    • Shorty (24/10/2019, 11:19) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
      You do realise fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime unintentional or not the driver already made things worse for him. Stay and notify the owner of the truck what sense it really make to flee just to notify the owner when we have technology. Don’t have a phone borrow one from the police to contact the owner of the truck to come to the scene.
    • @word on the streets (24/10/2019, 11:20) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      Soo sound soo $&$() stupid! That make sense!!?! Why not stick around and wait??? Sooo it dont have sell phone!!!!! Please shut up!! Shut up!!!
    • Makes no sense (24/10/2019, 11:25) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      @word on the streets: Are you telling me that you run down a man, and instead of getting him help, you left him on the road bleeding to death as you can see in the posted picture, and gone to tell the owner of the truck that is further from the scene of the accident. What about his cellphone, I guess you would say he did not have one so he had to go to the truck owner for that too?
    • Yo (26/10/2019, 07:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol this dumb ms....So why didn't he stick around? Call while waiting?... It was a set up and that lil idiot should rot in prison.
  • ok (24/10/2019, 10:32) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
    More lights on the road are needed.. our streets are too dark. My condolences to his family.
  • Krazy (24/10/2019, 10:44) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    My deepest condolences to the Adams family, my prayers are with you that God will comfort you in this difficult time. Sad to say, just last week I witnessed a similar situation going up the hill by Quomar Trading. A young motorcycle rider fell on the ground some feet away in front of my vehicle. There was also a white pickup, in front. Honest to say, I am not sure if the biker hit into the pickup or the pickup hit the biker, all I heard was the crash, saw the young man struggling to get off the ground, which when he did a bit shaken, got back on the bike and headed the same direction as the pickup. Sad to say, that pickup driver continued driving up the hill and never stop to see what had happen. All the vehicles on the opposite lane stopped. I personally found it strange. Luckily that young man is still alive to tell his story.
  • The POLICE (24/10/2019, 10:57) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    How many more deaths are to happen before the POLICE START ENFORCING THE LAW against THE SCOOTER RIDERS. Every day you watch a bunch of scooter riders popping wheelies and weaving in and out of traffic without helmets, running red lights and even sometimes without plates. Some don't even look like they reach 16 years yet. Not surprised that this happen between 23/24 October. Mind the dates people. Plenty occult in this Territory.
    • I&I... (24/10/2019, 13:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Listen, ayo petitioning for dolphins and all kinds of things. When was the last time we had a march, and for what? Everytime an accident or something else serious occurs, we banter, bicker and rant and then we go quiet until the same thing happens again. Tell me, where is your PETITION OR MARCH for serious road laws and other social issues that you are so concerned about? Things of greater concern or tremendous importance, things that shape and forever change a person/people lives, what are these things that we as a society are willing to go the distance for? My deepest condolences to this young man's family.
      • @ I&I (24/10/2019, 20:07) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        You failed to let us know what you are doing or has done or intend to do.
        Dont understand the purpose of your rant.
        Are you simply demonstrating that you are part of the problem
    • sorry (24/10/2019, 17:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      I'm guessing many more deaths will have to occur cause even when 2 scooters were used to gun down a innocent child, not a thing was done. But one day justice will be served
  • Lee (24/10/2019, 11:11) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    What I am seeing now is a bit concerning. Motorcycle riders are now riding wearing some form of black /dark facial masks over their faces day or night. You cannot even identify these riders when they are riding past you. In my honest opinion, I feel that some form of law needs to be passed quickly to stop the wearing of these facial gears. Because what I am foreseeing is that somebody can or may easily be mistaken for another person and may get hurt in the process. This is a word to the wise.
  • Dr cool (24/10/2019, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    My condolences to your family Ryan why u fled the scene I beg when u get hold u get the maximum
    • Firefly (24/10/2019, 20:15) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      Bet the driver is an illegal with no license no work permit.They all over the place with the blessings of immigration and the police force.
      He probably reach his country already.
  • Pause!! (24/10/2019, 11:16) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where in the article did they say this young man was speeding or in the wrong????!!! The article clearly says the person who hit him fled the scene!!!!! Which means that the person on the pick up truck might had been in the wrong!!! This seems very strange to me and hope they find this person!!!
  • Yesterday. (24/10/2019, 12:00) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just Yesterday I was standing in Town when a motor bike ride passed swirling to traffic at speed. The gentle man next to me said to me these motor bike riders going end up in some serious fatal accidents. I said to him. " Look how they riding through town no helmet you not hearing police sirenes running them down... I think motor bikes are good means of getting around. The riders need to obide with the way and ride responsible .. Keep other ride users in mind. Not only motor bike riders but all drivers.
  • Binocs (24/10/2019, 12:22) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    It is rumored that this young was willfully ran down. It is sad and my heart goes out to his family.
  • Musasad (24/10/2019, 13:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sad day for all in the bvi my condolences to his familys & love 1
  • ... (24/10/2019, 16:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is very sad for both families
  • guy hill (24/10/2019, 19:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to his family. All motorist. Be careful out there.
  • old (24/10/2019, 19:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A motor cycle hit my suv Never stop . I say to my self leave it To god ., And have to turn around and fixed my suv god send help
  • Wrong lane (24/10/2019, 21:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the motorcyclist was heading west and the truck was heading east, why was the motorcycle on the other side of the road which is where the crash happened. Was the motorcyclist in the wrong lane? It was pouring heavy with rain at that time. Would the truck man have had sufficient time to react or even to stop if brakes were applied? How fast was the truck going? Truck man intentionally runs down motorcyclist? Hard to believe when motorcycle crash was in truck man's lane. Motorcyclist riding irresponsibly? Maybe not. Could have been a genuine accident. Maybe cyclist swerving to avoid the ungodly pot holes or accumulation of water on the side of the road or something.
  • NezRez (25/10/2019, 14:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all know that the wrong thing was leaving the scene of an accident. This young man died. For that the truck driver needs to be jailed. How could you leave someone on the ground like that? Driver must have something to hide. I feel so sorry for the family and friends. So very sad. I hope they find this person soon.
  • heartbreaking (25/10/2019, 22:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He didn’t even make 20 good yet...dawg why of all people Ryan. Who would trouble Ryan, this boy was a joker everywhere he went. What could he have possibly done so for him to be killed. Dawg this shit hurting my heart. I can’t even pass dove bottom without crying ....I seeing Ryan face every time I close my eyes. He didn’t deserve to die
  • look (26/10/2019, 08:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes most scooter riders ride recklessly in Tortola.. I hardly see any helmets.. That doesn’t mean that each time a scooter man gets run down that he was at fault... Persons in vehicles drive just as stupid( more protected) and get in accidents ever so often without a scooter involved!... This young man fled the scene.... He is heartless and a straight P*sy at that...These roads need lights !... So much areas need lights! You see I am against cameras being everywhere but if there were cameras on that road we would have seen exactly what happened... We need to start putting things in place before it gets out of hand.. At this point in time we are on the road to America. Lastly anything involving them two brothers in any shape of form in my opinion is a set up.


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