Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
Despite a major road safety campaign and strident advocacy by the National Road Safety Council, the carnage on the roads continue, claiming the lives of two persons in St. James, one man and an unidentified woman, in separate incidents between Friday and Monday, with several other persons left nursing injuries.
The accident victims have been identified as 31-year-old Ryan Ricardo Bowen, of Barrett Hall, who was killed in a five-vehicle collision along the Rose Hall main road, and an unidentified woman who succumbed to injuries she received after being hit by a truck along the Howard Cooke Boulevard.
In the latest incident which occurred on Monday, the police report that about 4:55 a.m., a Toyota motor truck was travelling along the Howard Cooke Boulevard when it allegedly hit the woman.
The police were alerted and she was subsequently transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
However, unconfirmed reports seem to contradict the police’s report, indicating that the nude body of the woman was discovered by passers-by along the major thoroughfare at minutes after 5 a.m. The body is said to have been lying along the roadway up to 9 a.m., before it was taken to the morgue.
Meanwhile, reports from the Barrett Town police are that about 10:25 p.m. on Friday, the driver of a white Toyota Premio motorcar with one passenger aboard was travelling in a westerly direction when it crashed into the rear of a Honda CRV motorcar.
The driver of the Honda CRV lost control of the vehicle, which then collided with three vehicles that were on the opposite side of the road—a Toyota Voxy, a Toyota Caldina and a Toyota Camry.
Nine persons received injuries and were taken to hospital, where Bowen, who was a passenger in the Toyota Caldina motor car, died while undergoing treatment.
Two females were seriously injured and are admitted in hospital, while the others received minor injuries and were treated and released.