A Monier resident has been charged in connection with the fatal hit-and-run accident of former police officer and taxi operator, 74-year-old Joseph Altidore of Bois Patat, Castries.
Twenty-four-year-old Lance Alfred, also known as ‘Bolo’, was charged for the offence of leaving the scene of an accident, contrary to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, police said in a press release.
He was remanded in custody until July 6, 2017 after he appeared in the First District Court for a bail hearing, the release further states.
The fatal accident occurred on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, about 9:10 a.m. along the Gros Islet Highway, near the Bank of St. Lucia.
Police said Altidore, who had just exited the bank, was hit by a motorcycle that was travelling northbound, towards Gros Islet.
The motorcyclist also hit another vehicle after hitting Altidore.
Security cameras reportedly captured the incident and Alfred was arrested later the same day.
The senior citizen was transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries.
A post mortem examination conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien on Thursday, June 8, 2017, revealed that Altidore died as a result of spinal injury secondary to occipitocervical vertebra and one fracture dislocation due to blunt force trauma to the head.
Police said investigations are ongoing in this matter.
“It is very hard,” are the words used by widow Linda Altidore to describe how she and her family has been coping with the death of her husband.
Speaking to the media last wee, a grieving Linda expressed disgust at the way the accident occurred and said she feels some level of satisfaction that the suspect has been apprehended.
She believes that this should serve as a lesson, that “…if he knocks somebody [down]… he should at least stop and let the person know that it is not his fault or whatever it is [or see whether] he could help [or] give assistance to take the person to hospital…
“But he treated my husband like a dog, like an animal… and just left and went away,” she lamented.
“Nobody would like that… he wouldn’t like that for his family… so why he did it to somebody else?” she asked, adding that, “now he has to answer questions for what he did.”
The victim leaves behind three children.
“…the person should have pity on somebody’s life because life is very important, it is precious…” the grieving widow said.