Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
In what has been deemed death by misadventure, a former police sergeant and businessman was crushed to death when a cane truck overturned on the vehicle he was driving along the Banbury main road in Frome, Westmoreland on Wednesday.
The deceased has been identified as 48-year-old Christopher McDaniel of Whitehouse in the parish, who formerly served as a police sergeant attached to the Whitehouse Police Station.
Reports are that about 4:20 p.m., McDaniel was driving an Isuzu Box motor truck along the Banbury main road when he stopped some metres away from a corner.
The police further report that the driver of an International motor truck with a trailer laden with cane and travelling in the opposite direction attempted to negotiate the corner, when he lost control of the vehicle, which overturned and crushed the truck being driven by McDaniel.
McDaniel was later taken to the Sav-la-Mar Public General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the cane truck in the meantime was arrested and charged for driving under the influence of alcohol. Other charges are expected to be laid against him.
McDaniel’s wife, Joana, who is affectionately called ‘Bobbette’, is reported to be inconsolable since the death of her husband and has declined to speak with anyone.
However, his brother-in -law, Trevor Cole, related that McDaniel was a good man.
“He was my good, good brother-in-law. Mr. McDaniel was a loving, caring, family man and he never deserved this death. I never see him and my sister in any war. You know teeth and tongue will meet, but I never hear or see anything major between them,” Cole explained.
He said McDaniel was a hard worker for his family community and country and his death has shaken the entire family.
“It has seriously affected my mother who is his mother-in- law, and also my sisters who live abroad and who are crying over his death. He was a really good man.”
He said that at the time of his death, McDaniel was a major player in the family-run seafood business, where he was the chief administrator and would sometimes do deliveries.
McDaniel was a father to twin girls who are in the sixth form at the Mannings School and another daughter who is in her second year at Medical School at university.
McDaniel reportedly left the Force in 2019 after he was convicted and given a suspended sentence in the Hanover Parish Court on drug-related charges.