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Community saddened by traffic deaths

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  • Ron and Kill Gandza with two puppies.

For The Nassau Guardian

Published: May 01, 2013

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EXUMA – Local police are urging drivers on the island to 'adjust their habits' as the community continues to mourn the death of a Canadian couple in a traffic accident last week.

Jill Gandza, 55, and Ron Gandza, 57, were hit by a car on Queen’s Highway and killed last Thursday night.

Following the accident the Ministry of Tourism extended condolences to the family of the couple.  Petherina Hanna, manager for the local tourism office, said the news brought tears to her eyes.

“This couple was a friend of Exuma.  On behalf of the Exuma community we extend our sincere sympathy to the family,” she said, noting that relatives are expected to visit the island.

The animal lovers were reportedly walking home after an evening at Club Peace and Plenty hotel in Georgetown when the accident occurred.  Police said a gray 2000 Nissan Sunny struck the couple.

Mr. Gandza was pronounced dead at the scene.  Mrs. Gandza died later at the Georgetown clinic.

Superintendent of Police Macktavaus Daniels has expressed concerns about speeding on the island’s roads.

“We want drivers to drive with due care and attention especially at night,” he said.

“Slow down.  There is no traffic in Exuma.  You are going to get to where you are going.”

Daniels added: “We want to say to pedestrians also to wear light-colored clothing when walking at night and walk facing traffic.  We also caution drivers to stop driving with bright beams.  Road users generally just need to be cautious when driving on the island’s roads.”

The Gandzas had a home on the island.

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