The deceased has been identified as Quinton Garrathy, 38, a British national. The Gros Islet Fire Service received the emergency call at about 1:38 a.m.
Eyewitnesses told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the man was hit by a black Hyundai SUV, registration number PG657, as he attempted to cross the road. He had just gotten off a mini-bus at the bus stop, opposite the food vans, the eyewitnesses said.
The vehicle, which was heading in the direction of Gros Islet town, stopped a few metres from the impact of the accident. Blood on the sidewalk, pieces of vehicle parts and a pair of shoes – metres from each other – were evidence of the tragic moment.
The SUV was being driven by Sebastien King of Gros Islet, son of pathologist Dr. Stephen King, with two other male occupants on board. None of the young men appeared to be injured when SNO visited the scene. The SUV received minor damages to its bumper and a cracked windscreen.
One of the young men on board the SUV told SNO that the man crossed the road suddenly.
“The man ran into the vehicle,” the shocked passenger said to another repeatedly.