General — 06 June 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Emeth Fortune, 23, an employee of the JEC Company on Youth for the Future Drive, is at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a serious condition after he was knocked off his motorcycle and the vehicle rolled over his foot in a collision that occurred at the junction of Cran and Mapp Streets at about 11:30 this morning.

Fortune was travelling down Cran Street and made a left turn into Mapp Street when he was hit by an SUV, which was travelling down Mapp Street towards Freetown Road.

As a result Fortune’s foot was crushed and his left femur, which was broken, was protruding out of the skin, and the dislocated ankle was dangling, among other injuries.

A neighbor told Amandala that she was in her house when she heard a loud noise and looked out, and saw a man lying on the ground. His motorcycle was beside him, and a white SUV was parked nearby. She noted that his right leg was badly damaged and the bone was out of place. The ambulance came later and took him away.

Another woman said that the victim was on the ground for about 40 minutes before the ambulance came, and she, too, saw broken bones protruding out of his leg. She said that a church fence at the corner of Mapp and Cran Streets leads to collisions, because Mapp Street is now two-way, and Cran Street drivers are blinded by the fence and must come out onto Mapp Street to see vehicles coming in both directions on that street, and in their effort to do so, collisions occur.

Fortune was coming out onto Mapp Street when the SUV slammed him, she said.

However, a traffic officer believes that Fortune rolled out of Cran Street without clearing traffic. He said that Fortune should have stopped on Cran Street to make sure the traffic was clear before driving across.

The woman driving the SUV has not yet been charged, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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