Classmates of a teenager who died in a crash this week asked the public to remember him and other road accident victims by wearing blue on Friday.
Kijani Burgess, 16, was killed on Monday after his scooter hit a taxi and he fell into the path of a fire engine on its way to a call-out incident with its lights and sirens on.
Angel Seaman, the Bermuda Institute Grade 11 class vice-president, said: Wed like to let the community know to wear blue or write with a blue pen to show their support for Kijani and other local road fatalities.
She said blue was Mr Burgesss favourite colour and the class hoped people would keep road safety in mind.
Ms Seaman, 16, explained: We are trying to take this situation and move it into good.We are trying to take our pain and put it into purpose.
There has been a lot thats happened to us in our class.
A lot of us have gotten into accidents. One of the students brothers actually died from a road accident that happened in 2019.
Its a lot that has happened in regards to road fatalities and we wanted to spread more awareness.
Ms Seaman highlighted the importance of road safety and asked road users not to take lives for granted.
She said: I dont know if the lesson to be learnt is to take your time and be safe on the road.
Ms Seaman added: Take everybody that you know and hug them and love them while you can.
Hector Quiñones, chaplain to Grade 11 at the Seventh-day Adventist-run school in Southampton, said Mr Burgess was an excellent leader.
He said: He was very positive and he had dreams and aspirations of working in media.
Hes the school photographer and he could not be seen without a camera, and tried to make videos to memorialise everybody.
Mr Quiñones said the pupils wanted Bermuda residents to purposefully use blue … and hopefully bring awareness to road safety on January 17.
He added: If, on Friday, there are no road accidents we will be happy.
Mr Burgess was among a group of people affiliated with the school who went on a mission trip to Panama in 2018.
They teamed up with Maranatha International, a Christian-based organisation set up to encourage volunteers to raise their own funds for travel and lodging in return for participation in service work overseas.
Mr Burgess, then 14, said at the time: I want to show and tell people about how God has impacted my life by bringing me to a Christian school.
Since Ive been at Bermuda Institute, Ive had the opportunity to worship God every day. Its taught me to love God and other people.
Hopefully the children will sense the change thats happened in me and want to get to know God for themselves.
His death was the first road fatality of 2020.
The Bermuda Police Service said yesterday that Mr Burgess was riding a 50cc scooter behind a taxi on Somerset Road in Sandys.
It was understood the taxi driver, a 68-year-old Smiths man, slowed down and pulled to the side of the road to give way to a fire truck heading to an emergency call in the opposite direction.
The fire truck was en route to a reported collision when the fatal crash happened at about 4.15pm on Monday.
A police spokesman said: Kijani and his scooter struck the rear of the taxi and fell into the path of the fire truck near Lantana Road, in the vicinity of Scaur Hill.
The 16-year-old Sandys parish resident was seriously injured and despite life-saving efforts at the scene by EMTs which continued as he was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance sadly, Kijani was later pronounced dead.
The spokesman added: All three vehicles involved were damaged, but there were no injuries reported by the taxi driver or the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Services personnel travelling in the fire truck.
The BFRS yesterday directed inquiries to the Governments communications department.
Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, said: The circumstances of the incident are under active investigation by the Bermuda Police Service. It would be insensitive to comment any further.
The Ministry of National Security was extremely sad to have been advised yesterday of the road traffic accident which tragically resulted in the loss of life of a young man.
Our hearts go out to the victims family and loved ones, and we extend our sincerest condolences during this very difficult time.
Police inquiries continued yesterday and witnesses who have not yet come forward should contact Constable Dennis Joell at the roads policing unit on 247-1788, 717-2221 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.