Motorcyclist flown off island after being knocked off vehicle

Personnel of Queen Beatrix Medical Center assisting the motorcyclist after Thursday’s road accident.


ST. EUSTATIUS–On Thursday around 4:00pm, the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN received a call that an accident took place on Van Rheeweg and Heyligerweg between a motorcycle rider and a motor vehicle.

  According to the police officer on duty the driver of the motor vehicle had not given right of way to the motorcyclist. The driver of the vehicle was driving on Heyligerweg going north and the motorcyclist was on Van Rheeweg going west.

  Witnesses at the scene of the accident said the motorcyclist was knocked off his bike and landed in an empty lot with large rocks.

  An ambulance took the male victim to Queen Beatrix Medical Center. That same evening it was decided to transport the victim to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for further treatment.

  The Medevac helicopter had to make two trips. Originally one of the victim’s relatives was to accompany him, but because his condition was not stable, the relative was taken off the flight, so that a doctor and two nurses could travel along with the victim at 7:30pm.

  Around 11:00pm the victim’s relative who had medical power of attorney from both of the victim’s parents left on the chopper.

  A family member stated that the victim was in serious condition after the accident and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at SMMC without showing signs of improvement.

  This is the second time in a few weeks that a motor rider on Statia has been knocked from their bike when they had right of way.

Source: The Daily Herald