One fa­tal car ac­ci­dent in ev­ery two weeks in 2016 so far

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lian Bon­nici

1. Tues­day 5th Jan­uary Labour Av­enue, Naxxar

26-year-old mo­tor­cy­clist Jo­hanna Boni lost her life in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent after col­lid­ing with a con­struc­tion truck on Labour Av­enue, Naxxar. The Si­cil­ian na­tive marked the first fa­tal­ity of the year. Daryl Cauchi, Boni’s boyfriend, re­leased a mov­ing state­ment on so­cial me­dia, say­ing that Jo­hanna was “the best thing that ever hap­pened to him.”

2. Satur­day 30th Jan­uary Triq Sant’ An­drija, Pem­broke

Marthese Zarb, a 52-year-old woman, suc­cumbed to her in­juries fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent on Triq Sant’ An­drija on Satur­day, 30th Jan­uary. The vic­tim and her 18-year-old son were pas­sen­gers in her hus­band’s car when it crashed into an­other ve­hi­cle driven by a 41-year-old man from Żab­bar. Her fam­ily had agreed to do­nate her or­gans.

3. Sun­day 21st Fe­bru­ary Triq il-Mel­lieha, Manikata

A 26-year-old man, Clint Far­ru­gia, sadly died after he was in­volved in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent, on Triq il-Mel­lieħa, Manikata. Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the vic­tim, who was from Rabat, was driv­ing a Suzuki GSX and col­lided with a Nis­san X-Trail driven by a 50-year-old man re­sid­ing in Ħal Qormi and then with an­other ve­hi­cle, a Mazda 323 driven by a 45-yearold man re­sid­ing in Marsaxlokk.

4. Wed­nes­day 30th March Mgr. Mikiel Az­zopardi Street, Sig­giewi

Lour­den Pace passed away when the car she was driv­ing col­lided with an elec­tric­ity pole on Mgr Mikiel Az­zopardi Street, Sig­giewi. The woman was driv­ing a Toy­ota Vitz when the ve­hi­cle crashed into an elec­tric­ity pole and ca­reened onto an­other car parked in the street.

5. Sun­day 10th April Kata­rina Vi­tale Street, St. Lu­cija

A 67-year-old man ended up in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion after be­ing hit by a Fiat Punto driven by a 23-year-old man re­sid­ing in St Luċija. The ac­ci­dent took place in Triq Kata­rina Vi­tale in St Luċija. The man, who resided in Tarx­ien, was rushed to the ac­ci­dent and emer­gency for treat­ment. The man un­for­tu­nately suc­cumbed to his in­juries on 27th Septem­ber.

6. Thurs­day 28th April Zab­bar Road, Fgura

Irene Tanti Bel­lotti, a 77-year-old woman from Marsas­cala died in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent on Żab­bar Road, Fgura. The woman was rid­ing as a pas­sen­ger in a car that crashed into a sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cle in Żab­bar Road at around 10pm. The car, a Toy­ota Rac4, rolled on its side on im­pact and the woman died on the spot. The po­lice said that the 79-year-old driver, res­i­dent of Marsas­cala, lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and crashed into a Re­nault, which was sta­tion­ary at the time.

7. Satur­day 7th May Vjal il-Had­diem, Rabat

A 97-year-old man passed away after be­ing hit by a Toy­ota Tow­nace driven by a 48-year-old man on Vjal il-Ħad­diem, Rabat.

8. Satur­day 14th May - San Pawl tal-Qle­jgha Street, Mosta

A 50-year-old Aus­tralian na­tive died whilst cy­cling after col­lid­ing with a car on San Pawl tal-Qle­jgħa Street, Mosta. The cy­clist was rid­ing along San Pawl tal-Qle­jgħa Street when he was hit by a Toy­ota Vitz driven by a 29year-old from Żeb­buġ at 2.45pm.

9. Sun­day 29th May Don Mintoff Road, Cospicua

A man from Vit­to­riosa, Manuel Mi­callef, known as DJ Lito, died after a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing three cars in Dom Mintoff Road, Cospicua. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at 6.50pm in a three-car col­li­sion in­volv­ing Manuel Mi­callef’s Toy­ota Aygo, a Ford Fu­sion driven by a 53-yearold man, and a Toy­ota Vitz driven by a 41-year-old.

10. Mon­day 13th June Triq is-Salina, Salina

Ralph Far­ru­gia, a 49-year-old mo­tor­cy­clist died after crash­ing with two cars in Salina. He was hos­pi­talised after he was in­jured in a three-way crash with two cars in Salina, and died later. A po­lice spokesper­son had said that the mo­tor­cy­clist had ini­tially crashed head-on with one of the cars, after which the sec­ond car was hit. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Triq is-Salina around 7pm close to Tel­għa t’Alla u Ommu Hill.

11. Satur­day 9th July Triq il-Marfa, Ghadira

The 40-year-old from Mel­lieħa, An­dre De­bat­tista, passed away after he was hit by a Toy­ota Passo driven by a 22year-old from Fgura at about 6.30am. De­bat­tista, a fa­ther of two girls, was walk­ing with his 10-year-old daugh­ter when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. The girl sus­tained no in­juries though she was suf­fer­ing from shock.

12. Sun­day 10th July Re­gional Road, Tal Qroqq

A 27-year-old biker, Nick Agius from Paola, died when his Honda mo­tor­cy­cle crashed into a wall in the TalQroqq tun­nels. Eye­wit­nesses had said that the bike ended up sev­eral me­tres away from where the body was found.

13. Tues­day 19th July Re­gional Road, Kap­para

Tara Li­cari, 17, died after a car be­ing driven by her older brother crashed into a wall on Re­gional Road, lim­its of Kap­para. An 18-year-old Dan­ish man who was also a pas­sen­ger in the car was se­ri­ously in­jured in the crash, which hap­pened at around 5am. Po­lice said that it ap­peared the driver, a 23-year-old Balzan res­i­dent, was driv­ing a Toy­ota Vitz from the di­rec­tion of St Ju­lian’s to­wards Sliema when he lost con­trol of the car, crash­ing into a wall and sub­se­quently an­other car.

14. Tues­day 16th Au­gust Triq ix-Xatt, Sliema

A 26-year-old Libyan man died fol­low­ing a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in Sliema at the early hours of the morn­ing. Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions found that the man was hit by a taxi, which was be­ing driven by a 61-year-old man, re­sid­ing in Msida.

15. Tues­day 23rd Au­gust Ma­rina Street, Msida

An elderly man died after be­ing hit by a BMW driven by a 35-year-old Flo­ri­ana man at a pel­i­can cross­ing in Msida.

16. Tues­day 13th Septem­ber Re­gional Road, Msida

A 30-year-old Royal Navy sailor died when he was hit by a car in Re­gional Road, Msida. The po­lice said the man was hit at 1am by a Peu­geot 508 driven by a 42year-old of Cospicua in the di­rec­tion of Santa Ven­era.

17. Wed­nes­day 21st Septem­ber - Hal Far Road, Birzeb­bu­gia

A biker passed away after he col­lided with an Opel Ti­gra driven by a 21-year-old from Birżeb­buġa on Ħal Far Road. The driver had orig­i­nally been taken to the hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but even­tu­ally suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

18. Thurs­day 22nd Septem­ber - Dawret il-Gze­j­jer, Bugibba

Two for­eign­ers were in­jured, one crit­i­cally who later died, in a strange ac­ci­dent that took place at Dawret ilGze­j­jer, the Buġibba seafront prom­e­nade. The for­eigner on the bike, aged 40, seemed to have lost con­trol of the bike, a Suzuki, which mounted the pave­ment and col­lided with some passersby.

19. Sun­day 9th Oc­to­ber - Louis Wet­tinger Street, Mel­lieha

A 36-year-old man from Balzan died in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on Louis Wet­tinger Street in the Ta’ Pen­nellu area of Mel­lieħa at 9am.

20. Thurs­day 13th Oc­to­ber Eucharis­tic Congress Road, Mosta

A 77-year-old woman died after she was hit by a Toy­ota Dyna driven by a 68-year-old man on Eucharis­tic Congress Road, Mosta.

21. Satur­day 5th Novem­ber Hal Far Road, Birzeb­bu­gia

A mo­tor­cy­clist died fol­low­ing a crash with a car in Ħal Far Road, the po­lice said. Po­lice also in­formed the press that the mo­tor­cy­cle had crashed into the back of a car driven by a 19-year-old from Luqa.

22. Sun­day 13th Novem­ber Coast Road, Salina

A young mo­tor­cy­clist, Matthew Caru­ana, died after a traf­fic ac­ci­dent on the Coast Road after los­ing con­trol of his bike and crash­ing into a bar­rier. The biker was on the road with a num­ber of other mo­tor­cy­clists, in­clud­ing his fa­ther.

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