The twin tragedy of Hamilton – An eerie coincidence

On July 22nd of 1975, there appeared the following news in the papers: a young man of 17 years, Erskine Lawrence Ebbin, killed by a taxi when driving a moped on a street in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital. So far everything was normal until one more victim of traffic accidents comes into everyone’s mind.

Twin Tragedy Hamilton
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To say, the situation was not new for the town, because exactly one year earlier Erskine’s older brother, Neville, also 17 years old, was run over on the same street by a taxi while driving a moped.

The most incredible thing about the case is that the taxi was driven by the same taxi driver… and it was carrying the same passenger. The accidents happened just 50 minutes apart on the same day (July 21), 1974 and 1975, according to the island’s police.

The news clipping in the Miami Herald of July 22, 1975:
The Miami Herald, July 22, 1975
The Miami Herald, July 22, 1975.
The twin tragedy news was also reported in the Los Angeles Times of July 22, 1975:
The Los Angeles Times, 22 July, 1975.
The Los Angeles Times, July 22, 1975. View full version

Therefore, there is no doubt that the ‘twin tragedy event’ really happened in Hamilton in July 1975.

Bermuda (officially, The Bermuda Islands or The Somers Isles) has a limited landmass, and its capital Hamilton is spread over a small area of 70 hectares (about 173 acres), having a living population of just 1,800 in 2010. This means, in 1974, the number of people living in the area of accidents could be much less, and the number of cabs in the area and the people who used them would be even smaller.

Moreover, it wouldn’t be much of a coincidence that two brothers lived in the same area and that one has inherited the moped of his brother. So the probability that the two brothers would get hit by the same cab (carrying the same passenger) in the same street would not be that small. A tragic, but interesting coincidence nonetheless.