Why An AnalyticsObsessed Cycling Team Keeps Winning The Tour De France

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (July 26, 2016), we talk to The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay about the Tour de France and Team Sky, which has won four of the past five Tours — perhaps because of an emphasis on analytics. (That it has a lot of money also helps.) Then, Neil Paine explains why MLB teams should always at least look to buy or sell at the trade deadline, rather than hold. Finally, we talk about Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s extraordinary year for the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks and whether she’s having the best statistical season of all time. Plus, a significant digit on Roger Federer’s announcement that he will miss the rest of the tennis season because of a knee injury.Links to what we discuss are here:Jason Gay in The Wall Street Journal asks if the Tour de France needs a financial fix to help balance competition among teams.Gay describes how the eventual Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, ran up a mountain in his cleats after crashing his bike during this year’s race.On Deadspin, Patrick Redford explains how Froome dominated this year’s Tour.And William Fotheringham in the Guardian breaks down how Team Sky’s analytics and tactics helped it to victory.Last year, Neil Paine and Nate Silver came up with the “Doyle Number.” It tells us when an MLB team should be willing to trade future talent at the trade deadline in order to try to win in the current season.Neil calculated the Doyle Numbers for this year’s teams, and the Chicago Cubs came out on top, meaning the team should try to win this season rather than hoard prospects.Jim Bowden at ESPN breaks down the trade deadline objectives for all 30 MLB teams.Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s Basketball-Reference.com page. Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight for an article about her rise.Carl Bialik writes about Roger Federer’s injury and what it means for his shot at another major title.Significant Digit: 3. That’s the number of major tennis titles won by men older than 35. All those titles were won by Ken Rosewall, an Australian whose career spanned three decades. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Sophomore helps fuel sevenyear win streak for OSU tennis

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court.  Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va. read more

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Reds Indians week in review

Cleveland IndiansThe Cleveland Indians struggled offensively once again, going 2-4 in series’ against the Los Angeles Angels and the Minnesota Twins.After taking only one of three from the Angels, the Tribe returned home and only won one in a weekend series against the division-leading Twins.The Indians are 10-14, 5-and-a-half games behind the Twins in the American League Central and in third place behind Detroit.Studs: Austin Kearns. The former Cincinnati Reds slugger had a big week, with seven hits and six RBIs in three games against the Angels. He came into Sunday’s game against Minnesota hitting .357, with two home runs and 12 RBIs.Duds: The offense. The Indians’ offense continues to be a major disappointment, with an American League-worst 85 runs. Those fortunes could change when highly touted catching prospect Carlos Santana gets called up from the Columbus Clippers.Up Next: The Indians continue their homestand with three games against Toronto beginning Monday and a three-game weekend series with the Detroit Tigers. Cincinnati RedsStep by step, the Reds are creeping back from a sluggish start to the season.The Reds opened up their week on the road with a three-game series at Houston.For the first time this season, Reds fans had their chance to bring out the brooms, as the Reds swept the series against the Astros.Pitchers Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo had some solid outings, each recording a win in the first and third games of the series respectively, and Mike Leake continued a brilliant start to his professional career recording a win off his seven-inning, five-hit performance in the second game.Pitcher Johnny Cueto helped the Reds’ win-streak get to five games on Friday, as the Reds won at St. Louis.The streak then came to an end Saturday as the Reds couldn’t match the Cardinals’ late-game surge, losing the game 6-3.Studs: The Rotation. At the beginning of the season, it seemed like these guys were never going to win a game for the Reds. In just this past week, Harang, Leake, Arroyo and Cueto all recorded wins, and didn’t leave it up to late game heroics to ensure a Reds’ win.Duds: Jonny Gomes. It was tough because no one Red had a really bad week. Gomes has only two hits in 15 at-bats over the last six games, though, and he’s a liability in the field as it is.Next Week: The Reds come back home this week as they host a series with the Mets today, and then get a day off before hosting a three-game series against the Cubs. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball drops Big Ten opener in 5 sets to

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle before a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2.Credit: Sarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerOn Wednesday evening at St. John Arena, the No.12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a loss at home, falling to No. 21 Minnesota in five sets (22-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-19, 11-15).Both OSU (11-2, 0-1) and Minnesota (9-2, 1-0) came into the game on extended winning streaks. The Buckeyes had not lost since their opening match against Wyoming and the Golden Gophers came into the game having won eight straight matches.Minnesota won the first two sets of the night as it attempted to win its eighth straight game without dropping a single set. Minnesota gained leads of 4-1 and 15-2 in the first and second sets, respectively, forcing the Buckeyes to play from behind. OSU did not hold a lead at any point until midway through the third set.But OSU battled back, winning the hotly contested third and fourth sets before ultimately falling in the fifth.“We fought back and for as bad as we were the first two sets, we could have rolled over and died, but we didn’t. So, I’m proud of my team for that,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said, finding a positive in the loss.However, Carlston said he was disappointed that the Buckeyes fell behind by such a wide margin early, a hole they were unable to recover from.“We almost had them. We’re better than they are. And we’re at home and we’ve got to show some more pride in how we go about things,” Carlston said.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell led OSU with 22 points, including 18 kills. However, she said she sees room for improvement.“I think we made a lot of mistakes. Just little things like being in the net or serving the ball into the net or out of bounds. So, if we can control our aspect of the game, I think that we can play a little bit better,” Campbell said.Carlston noted the errors at crucial points in the game as the reason the Buckeyes could not complete the comeback in the fifth set. The Buckeyes were called for a net violation late in the fifth and final set which gave the Golden Gophers an 11-9 lead that they held onto, ultimately winning 15-11.The Buckeyes are next set to face their fifth ranked team of the season on Sunday when they’re slated to host No.16 Wisconsin. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

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Ohio State to be awarded with Capital One Cup at ESPYs

The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOver the past year, few athletic programs have accomplished as much as Ohio State. And for that success, the Buckeyes’ men’s athletics program will be rewarded Wednesday during the ESPYs with the Capital One Cup, an award given to both a men’s and women’s group of athletes that demonstrated consistent success over a variety of sports. The Stanford Cardinal women’s athletics program won the women’s Capital One Cup.The award is earned on a points basis, with different point values being assigned to either ranking within the Top 10 of a certified poll, or placing in the championships of any given sport. The Ohio State men’s athletic program received 111 points, narrowly edging out two-time cup champion Florida who came in second with 105 points.To the athletes and alumni, this award takes on a special meaning.“It says that you’re one of the best,” said Eddie George, former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. “For us to finally hoist up a Capital One trophy to say, ‘OK, our athletic program as a whole is the best in the land,’ says a lot.”For its victory, Ohio State will receive not only the trophy, but $200,000 to be put towards student-athlete scholarships.And though Ohio State ranked third in highest-grossing athletic programs according to Business Insider, George said the school can benefit from the additional source of funding.“Anytime that you can get money for student-athletes to get more opportunities to come, it’s just that added bonus,” George said. “It’s saying that you don’t have to go out and fundraise as much. That goes right toward the bottom line, and it allows for student-athletes to get scholarships, not just for football, but for all sports. It gives someone a chance to foster their dream and to get a great education.”Winning an award such as this requires a well-oiled machine of athletics and someone at the helm who knows how to run it, George said. As a result, George believes a great deal of credit belongs to Smith for the work he has put into Ohio State athletics to put the program in a position to function as well as it has. “It just goes to show you the great job that Gene Smith has done for Ohio State as our athletic director,” George said. “(He) is very adamant and persistent about equality in all of our sports and supporting all of our sports.”George said that Smith and the rest of the athletic department have worked hard to bring Ohio State to the point of where it is no longer just viewed as a football or basketball school, but a university with widespread success across all different sports. He added that winning an award like this one sends a message to any potential incoming recruits that the program as a whole is committed to bringing together all the pieces required to drive a championship-caliber team.“It says that we’re hiring the best coaches, we’re giving the best mentorships, we’re doing everything we can as a university to put our athletes in the best position both athletically and academically,” George said. “It says that you’re coming to a program that believes in winning championships, that’s getting recognition, the best of the best.”George will officially bestow the honor to his alma mater during the presentation of the award, handing the trophy to fellow Ohio State alum and member of the 2016 National Championship-winning men’s volleyball team Miles Johnson.The former standout running back said he did not know how he was chosen, but that as soon as they called to offer him the position, he immediately accepted.“When they asked me to do it, I didn’t hesitate,” George said. “And to honor Ohio State for winning their first-ever Capital One Cup trophy is pretty amazing, so I’m honored to do it.”The ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on ABC. Point Breakdown:Lacrosse: 36Volleyball: 20Football: 15Gymnastics: 12Wrestling: 12Tennis: 8Fencing: 6*Rifle: 2**The rifle and fencing team received double the listed total, but since both teams are mixed genders, the point totals had to be split with half going to men’s athletics and the other half allotted to women’s athletics. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins faces first major opponent in No 15 TCU

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws the ball downfield in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins has been nothing short of spectacular in his first two starts for Ohio State.The redshirt sophomore quarterback combined for 546 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interception while completing 79.2 percent of his throws.These eye-raising statistics came against Oregon State and Rutgers, who held the third- and 55th-worst scoring defenses in the NCAA last season, respectively.Now, with TCU, the 16th-best scoring defense in 2017, on the horizon, Haskins and the Ohio State offense will be getting their first real test of the season. For Haskins, his first real test as a starter.Besides the final 20 minutes of the Michigan game last season, Haskins’ experience came at the end of games that were decided well before he ever touched the field.Haskins will be making his first collegiate start against a ranked opponent at a neutral site 18 miles from TCU’s campus. In doing so, he has an opportunity to build on his already impressive stats.In the press conference on Monday, acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he has seen promising decision-making in Haskins’ first two starts under center. “Whether it’s before or after the snap, he has to make decisions,” Day said. “He has the ability to make a check or in the pass game, he can change the protection and slide it one way or the other. He has a good handle on that.”Day said that despite the early season success Haskins has found, there are still plenty of mistakes to be corrected, especially with TCU coming up on the schedule.“I think that, you know, when the games get tighter, every play matters even more. And so the mistakes are still there,” Day said. “The interception in the red zone two games ago, or, you know, a play with false starting or sack on third down; those plays in a big game are going to show up even more.”To avoid these mistakes, Haskins will have to rely more on the rest of his offense than he has thus far, with sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber having the big-game experience to help relieve some of the pressure.“I think the combination of a great offensive line and J.K. and Mike, you have to account for them,” Day said. “You saw Johnnie [Dixon], you see Terry [McLaurin] down the field, one-on-one situations with cornerbacks and then it’s just a matter of making the throw and catch. So it all starts with running the football, and if we can force that seventh guy in the box, that opens up stuff in the pass game.”With Haskins working almost strictly through the air, Day said big games from Dobbins and Weber allow for more chances to beat safeties on deep throws “whether it’s with [a run-pass option] or play-action pass,” something made more important in a matchup that’s expected to be closer than the previous two.It might have been Oregon State. It might have been Rutgers. But Haskins has lived up to the high expectations left behind by former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.Breaking the Ohio State record for passing yards and touchdowns in a first start, then completing 87 percent of passes for four touchdowns in his second, Haskins has looked the part of a worthy successor to one of the Buckeyes’ most decorated quarterbacks.Now, coming into TCU, Haskins has an opportunity to prove his worth against an opponent that seems more fit for the challenge than any he has ever faced. read more

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We did it Man who was suicidal runs marathon with the stranger

first_imgThey have met Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who convinced the pair to run the race for Heads Together. Jonny Benjamin, who was suicidal, managed to complete the marathon with the stranger who talked him down from a bridge when he was at his lowest point.The two were elated as they finished the race together. Neil Laybourne, the “stranger on the bridge”, said “what an amazing experience!” as they ran the last mile.They finished the marathon together, and spent much of the race with their arms around each other for support.The two, who are now good friends, finished the race in 5 hours 26 minutes. With a promise that “things can get better” and an invitation for coffee, Neil successfully talked Jonny back to safety before they went their separate ways.Eight years later, the two were reunited and have kept in contact as they prepared to run the marathon to raise awareness and money towards mental health. They ran to support the charity Heads Together, the mental health campaign fronted by the three young Royals. The pair managed to raise over £30,000 for the charity.The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon joined the pair in running for the foundation.Jonny, 30, and Neil, 34, met in January 2008 on Waterloo Bridge: the former in such despair he was ready to jump, and the latter the unexpected good Samaritan who intervened. It was only in 2014, when Jonny launched a social media campaign to find and thank the stranger, that they were reunited.He told his friend to run ahead of him in the race, because he recently suffered the loss of both his uncle and his grandmother. However, they ended up running it together.Shortly before the marathon, he wrote: “Admittedly, I haven’t done the training I needed for it. It’s been a tough year so far with my relapse and going back into hospital, family illness, and most recently my Uncle and then Grandma passing away a few days ago. But I WILL complete the 26 miles! Even if I have to crawl some of the way!! 'We did it!': the two were elated We actually did it!!! 5 hours 28 minutes!! I can’t believe we’ve just run the @LondonMarathon. Wowzers. #TeamHeadsTogether #oktosay pic.twitter.com/NQobVEoXrL— Jonny Benjamin MBE (@MrJonnyBenjamin) April 23, 2017 ‘We did it!’: the two were elatedCredit:Jonny Benjamin “This feels like such an important moment for mental health. They’re calling this the world’s first ever #mentalhealthmarathon  It’s a privilege to be part of it.” The two meet the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:REUTERS/Toby Melville Jonny, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when he was 20, has spoken frankly about his own mental health struggles, which culminated in him standing on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide.Neil, who spotted the lone figure of a young man standing still amid the commuters while walking to work, stopped to talk to him, telling him: “It’ll get better mate, you will get better.”After a 25 minute conversation, the emergency services stepped in and the pair were swept away and back to their respective lives. The two meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Crackdown on mobile phones at the wheel has cut number offences by

first_imgIt received responses from 41. March saw the most FPNs issued for mobile use in 2017 as many forces conducted a crackdown on distracted drivers, with more than 8,500 caught.The lowest monthly total was 1,400 in December as police focused their efforts on drink-drivers over the festive period.AA president Edmund King said: “It will take time for a wholesale change in attitudes to really take effect.”While some have got the message and changed their behaviour, many drivers still believe they won’t get caught.”Separate RAC research found that nearly one in five (19 per cent) firms say their employees have been involved in an accident after using a phone illegally while driving for work.A survey of 1,000 UK businesses revealed that 5 per cent admit this happens “on a regular basis”. Department for Transport figures show 780 people were injured in accidents in 2016 when a driver was distracted or impaired by their phone, up 10 per cent on the previous year.  A crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel has cut the number of offences by half, new figures show. Around 39,000 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued to drivers between March and December last year compared with 74,000 during the same period in 2016, according to police data.The 47 per cent decline is due to a combination of harsher punishments, road safety campaigns and a lack of enforcement due to reductions in traffic officer numbers, according to the AA.Since March 1 last year, motorists caught using a handheld phone have faced receiving six points on their licence and a £200 fine – up from the previous penalty of three points and £100.Drivers can lose their licence if they receive 12 points within three years, or six points in the first two years after passing their test.The figures were obtained by the breakdown rescue firm after it submitted Freedom of Information requests to all of the UK’s 45 police forces. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Children and passersby put at risk by Russian nerve agent hit squad

first_imgThere are now fears several other people may have had access to the front door before the house was sealed off by police on the Monday afternoon, the day following the attack, after they realised they were dealing with a chemical weapon.Tom Symons, a BBC news reporter who was among the first media to arrive at the house, wrote on Twitter: “Myself and two BBC colleagues were first reporters at Sergei Skripal’s door on Monday afternoon.  No cordon, just a police car.“Thankfully I decided not to knock but I did ask the officer sitting in the car if there were any health risks I should be aware of. Didn’t get answer!”It is feared the method used by the suspected Russian hit-squad to target Col Skripal gave the would-be assassins the opportunity to flee the country within hours of launching the attack.By smearing the front door with nerve agent any time from the Saturday night onwards they would have had enough time to travel to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and fly out of Britain before the Skripals collapsed after succumbing to the poison.Former counter terrorism officer David Videcette, who investigating the 7/7 London bombings, said: “If the assumption that someone has put something on the front door is right, and it’s not cross contamination, there is a way for someone to escape without being seen down an alleyway along the side of the house that doesn’t appear to be covered by CCTV.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police in chemical protection suits examine the bench where the Skripals collapsed following the nerve agent attack in SalisburyCredit:Ben Stansall/AFP Counter-terrorism police revealed for the first time that they believed the pair “first came into contact” with the Novichok nerve agent at their home in Christie Miller Road.Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was hospitalised for several days after falling sick, is thought to have become ill after going to the house directly from the spot where Col Skripal and Yulia collapsed near the Maltings shopping centre at around 4.15pm on Sunday, March 4.Scotland Yard said: “As a result of detailed forensic and scientific examination, detectives believe the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent at their home address. Specialists have identified the highest concentration of the nerve agent, to-date, as being on the front door of the address.” The hit squad which targeted former Russian spy Sergei Skripal put dozens of innocent bystanders – including children – at risk by placing nerve agent on the front door of his home close to a children’s playground, it has emerged.NHS officials are understood to be monitoring several people for signs of health problems after coming into potential contact with the Novichok agent.They are thought to include neighbours, postal staff, the first uniformed officers to arrive at the scene and even reporters who approached the house after news of the attack broke and before it was properly sealed off by counter terrorism police.Yesterday afternoon police began to search a children’s play area just yards the Skripal’s Salisbury home, suggesting they fear it may contain traces of nerve agent – either from the Skripals themselves or by the would-be assassins leaving a trail as they made their escape.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon said: “I would like to reassure residents that we have placed the cordons around the park, and officers will be searching it, as a precautionary measure. I would like to reiterate Public Health England’s advice that the risk to the public is low.”Police disclosed on Thursday night that the “highest concentration” of the nerve agent which poisoned Colonel Skripal and his daughter Yulia was found on his front door.center_img Police in chemical protection suits examine the bench where the Skripals collapsed following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former head of the military’s Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment, said the application of the nerve agent could only have been done by well trained operatives.He said the would-be assassins had probably hoped the nerve agent would never be identified and the delayed effect would have meant they would be long gone anyway.He said: “There are probably one or two people involved in putting it there. Novichok agents have the ability to delay their reaction. They were hoping to be well gone before anything was discovered and they were hoping that they would get away Scot free because we wouldn’t identify it.”The suspects are also likely to have used careful planning and tradecraft to cover their tracks.He said: “Once again it points towards the FSB [successor to the KGB].” Traces of the nerve agent have been found at some of the other scenes detectives have been working at over the past few weeks – including Zizzi’s restaurant and The Mill pub visited by the pair –  but at lower concentrations to those found at Christie Miller Road.At a public meeting two weeks ago Paul Mills, deputy chief Constable of Wiltshire police, revealed 131 people could have potentially come into contact with the deadly nerve agent, and that they were being monitored by health authorities over the phone on a daily basis.last_img read more

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Man killed in Durban Smyth Streets accident identified

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 dead, 4 critical in 3-vehicle smash-upMay 21, 2017In “Crime”Several survive Durban Street accidentJuly 19, 2014In “Crime”East Ruimveldt man killed in early morning accidentSeptember 30, 2018In “latest news” Dead: Daniel Richmond was said to be “half in and half out of the minibus” when the accident occurredThe man who succumbed during a fatal accident at the intersection of Durban and Smyth Streets, Georgetown on Sunday last has been identified as Daniel Richmond of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, an umpire attached to the Guyana Cricket Board.On the fateful Sunday, Richmond was killed while traveling in mini-bus BVV5273, while several other passengers identified as – Brian James, 40, Kim Douglas, 49, Jelani Williams, 17, Ariel Eversley, 35, Michael Bunburry, 47, De Andre Smith, 17, Ronaldo Bancroft, 15, Deon Goodridge, 27, Brian Desouza, Lynette Crawford, 42, Godfrey Daniels, 35, and seven year old Otien Otto, were injured.Inews had previously reported that the accident occurred around 16:00hrs while minibus BVV 5273 was said to be proceeding along Durban Street heading to South, Georgetown when it was struck from behind by a black Tundra which was said to be speeding along Smyth Street headed North.The mangled remains of the minibus involved in the fatal accidentThe Tundra, bearing registration GRR 8350, then hit a parked blue Allion before coming to a halt.According to information received,  after being struck, the minibus which was said to be fully loaded, toppled a number of times.The injured persons had to be pulled from the mangled minibus, some in an unconscious state and Richmond, the now dead man, was said to be “half in and half out of the minibus.”The driver of the Tundra, reportedly fled the scene while also being injured.When this online publication visited the Hospital, some of the injured persons relayed what transpired.The mangled remains of the minibus involved in the fatal accident“All I know is that the bus got hit, and it toppled and then fall on its side. Everybody started to holler and everybody started to hold onto each other and when I come out of the bus, one man I saw half of his body was inside the bus and half was outside. After that, people start running to help us,” Lynette Crawford, 42, related.Investigations are still ongoing. read more

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