Warning, Graphic: Another untidy road death

“We are not an enforcement society”

Those words spoken by the late Prime Minister David Thompson one night on the CBC were nothing but the truth. Folks were aghast that he said the words – but at the same time seemed unconcerned about the truth of his statement. How like us that is: we’re concerned about the image, not with the reality of our society’s faults.

We are NOT an enforcement society. It shows in the trash on the streets, in the number of people and businesses that fail to pay taxes for years (sometimes decades) without penalties and when people steal millions from the public purse and never a charge is laid.

And it shows in the number of fatal accidents on our roads. Tourists from the UK have a 240% greater chance of dying in a road accident in Barbados than back at home. We lose more people to road deaths than to murder, but we don’t have effective laws against drinking and driving. Our Royal Barbados Police Force is 100 officers under strength because we pay Constables less than we pay our garbage workers.

And so another young man died on Thursday morning.

Tito Michael Anderson Bradshaw of Wilkinson Road, Richmond Gap, St. Michael, died at about 8:40am at 1st Avenue Weekes Land near Goodland, St. Michael. He lost control of his motorcycle and his head hit a pole.

A crowd gathered. His mum was brought to the scene and the poor woman lost it right there and it’s no wonder. But in a short while the body was removed and the blood and brains on the road were hosed down. After the sun dried everything up, it was like nothing had ever happened. No tourists would be alarmed. No locals would be concerned when passing by the site.

“The guy was riding a scrambler at top speed. Remember only a couple of weeks ago we were talking about these scramblers and the danger that they pose.”

BFP reader ‘What will they think of next?’

Whether it’s crime or road accidents, our police are excellent at cleaning up – just not so good at prevention. And who can blame them when the politicians stage cricket parties and celebratory evenings but won’t pass the laws that the police need to protect us all.

The photos are grim, gruesome even – but we’re going to show them here in full because they might save another young man’s life. Our thanks to BFP reader ‘What will they think of next’.

Here are the graphic photos…

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “Warning, Graphic: Another untidy road death

  1. I did the same thing when I published a motorcycle debacle and you sought to crucify me, even when I state that I did it as a precaution for other riders, now you do it and it’s “A WARNING”? **ROLL EYES HERE**

  2. The photos aren’t High Res anyhow… Barely can see anything?

  3. Politically Tired

    I really do not think its good to publish such photo’s even if they are not High Res’ its fairly obvious what you’re seeing & they cause much distress to the family & friends of the deceased.
    On another note, somebody who saw this told a family member here that he was racing & up on his back wheel when he lost control. We saw someone do this between the two roundabouts in Warrens one morning during rush hour traffic, weaving from lane to lane, dangerous sport.

  4. appalled

    that was unnecessary!!

  5. X

    The thing that amazes me most is that this doesn’t happen more often. I was driving between Norman Niles and Bussa the other day and some yahoo was wheelie-ing on a scrambler right behind me for almost the entire distance. If I had to stop suddenly he would’ve been toast. Hopefully the other guys learn a lesson from this tragedy….but I doubt they will.

  6. 88

    There are not enough police in the entire world, nor are there any laws, or breathalyzers enough, that would ever stop these potential winners of Darwin Awards from removing their DNA from the gene pool. It is a mistake to confuse the police, laws, and drink driving with the sheer stupidity of these “temporary Barbadians”. Some learn from lessons, others must learn from experience, but experience charges a very high tuition. Notwithstanding the above, publishing the photos is out of order. There must be SOME standards of a civilized society.

  7. Cell phone

    Ian, they photo were taken with mobile. When did BFP against U for publish photos? wat storey?

  8. rohan

    Here’s the article:

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/bajan-reporter-publishes-photo-of-dead-or-severely-injured-motorcyclist/

    To be fair Ian, they didn’t seek to crucify you, they asked, “is it morally right” and “should those type of photos be published”.

    I guess by the time BFP got an opportunity to post, they figured out these moral issues. Haha

  9. Observing

    Well done BFP, a couple more web clicks for the paltry expense of the family of the deceased.

    The are already probably having the worst day of their lives without you plastering it all over cyberspace.

  10. what will they think of next

    The best camera to have is the one you have on you at the time. Ian where are your high quality photos taken with your Nikon or Canon?
    I happen on an accident a moment after it took place and I had on me my cell phone camera.

  11. what will they think of next

    Something these crazy motocyclists should note, even though this guy was wearing a full face helmet he suffered severe head injuries and bled profusely from his head and no where else.
    The crash helmet might not always do the job as in this case it did not.

  12. what will they think of next

    I really would like to know what brand of helmet it was. It failed spectacularly.

  13. I use a Nikon Coolpix L20, I started with a DXG 552 (YUK) and moved to an L10 then L19 – maybe next year I will go to L110?

  14. Tar

    Those motor cyclists do a bunch of nonsense on the road. I am not surprise.

  15. what will they think of next

    Do people really escape?

    I am told that this same cyclist earlier in the year knock down a man causing the man serious injury and the cyclist got up, got onto this same bike and rode away leaving the injured man behind.