BREAKING NEWS: Senior citizen dies after alleged hit-and-run accident in Gros Islet

BREAKING NEWS: Senior citizen dies after alleged hit-and-run accident in Gros Islet
Photo of the alleged hit-and-run suspect.
Photo of the alleged hit-and-run suspect.
Photo of the alleged hit-and-run suspect.

A senior citizen who was allegedly hit by a motorcycle which did not stop earlier today, June 7, 2017, succumbed to his injuries a short while ago at the hospital, law enforcement officials have confirmed.

Officials said the man has so far been identified by the aliases ‘Mr Cyril’ and ‘Alty’. At the time of posting this article, the authorities were reportedly searching for family members to positively identify the body.

The authoririties are also unsure of his age at this time, but have stated that he appears to be in his 70’s.

Photos from video footage of the suspect on his motorcycle have been circulating on social media.

The accident occurred around 9 a.m. near the Gros Islet Fire Station and the Bank of St. Lucia.

Eyewitnesses told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the man was struck by the motorcycle while he was crossing the road. He had reportedly just exited the bank.

A statement received by SNO reads (some parts have been edited for spelling errors and other info omitted for legal reasons):

“A black (motorcycle) hit an old man who came from Bank of St. Lucia 9:14 a.m.

“A vehicle stop to allow him to cross and the bike was overtaking in “centre lane” and pick the old man and throw him in the air.

“The biker managed to keep his balance on the bike, swerve past the man, hit (graze) a car (2008 Mazda Axela) and drive off.

“The bike was described as been all black but it may have strike of red on it.

“The rider is tall and dark, round face. He is biggish. He was wearing a black shirt at the time. Happened by the Gros Islet Fire Station.”

The victim was transported to hospital via ambulance in critical condition, but succumbed to his injuries this afternoon.

Police sources say a manhunt is now underway to the find the alleged hit-and-run motorcyclist.

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  1. and bikers will say people dont have respect for them on the road when they doing the most shate. they feel cause they have a bike you have to give them room and they cutting in on u close to ur bumper when they overtake. also these pic look really useless u cant see nothing good there

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  2. In the absence of a Pedestrian Crossing, drivers should desist from stopping and encouraging the pedestrian to cross. Even when there's a crossing, we must not encourage pedestrians to cross.When a driver waves a pedestrian across, the grateful pedestrian tends to let down his guard and does not check for any other oncoming traffic. By granting someone a favour, you can endanger their lives.

    Clearly the motorcycle driver is wrong not to stop. And, if he panicked I hope good sense prevails so that he turns himself into police.

    There are too many accidents happening. A Road Safety Campaign is way overdue.

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  3. When will our police take hit and run serious in St luica. That not the first there have been to many and police never got them . Is a trend now.

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    • what is taking hit and run serious... most time there are no leads... we have to take these offenses seriously and report them when they occur

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  4. So sad the man has to lose his life like this but the biker they will get u trust me u can't jus hit a old nan or another other person n run my condolences to the family be strong at this time may he rest in peace

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  5. He will be found. The Lord does not sleep. Probably the bike does not belong to him.

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  6. Traffic laws of St,Lucia is plain bull shit and stupid. I have voiced my opinion several times on the way traffic laws of St Lucia is being conducted and it is a shame no one listens. ==== WHO IS TO BLAME === ?

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    • Listen buddy. The laws here are fine. There are laws for pretty much everything. The problem is enforcement. Blame the lazy incompetent [email protected]$$e$ of the Royal St. Lucia Police Farce.

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  7. I think all pedestrian crossinsg should have speed bumps on both sides of oncoming traffic. Most drivers don't even respect the pedestrian crossings so the speed bumps would force them to slow down when approaching.

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    • Agreed...the one on john Compton highway opposite the airport runway is the worse....absolutely no lighting and no speed bumps....a death trap on a stretch....

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    • The people don't observe the pedestrian crossing either, they either cross at anytime or anywhere. The problem is lawlessness in general. Our indifference to crime urged on by a feeling that "this is ST. Lucia and we can get away with anything" once we have the right contacts.

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    • most drivers do not respect pedestrians.. I agree. Also, pedestrians seem not to respect drivers as well. You do not casually walk across a pedestrian crossing. You are to briskly walk across the pedestrian crossing.

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  8. AND I SAY AGIAN STOP THE USELESS UNLAWFUL STOPPING ALONG THE CGRI HIGHWAY DRIVERS. STOP IT. THESE USLESS ULAWFUL STOPPING THAT WE DO ONLY LEADS TO CONGESTION, VEHECLE - VEHILCE ACCIDENTS AND VEHICLE - PEDESTRIANS ACCIDENTS. I SEE PPL STOP ALL THE TIME ALONG THE HIGHWAY. THERE IS NO STOP SIGN ON THE HIGHWAY SO DON'T STOP PEOPLE. ALLOW PERSONS TO CROSS WHEN IT IS ABSOLUTLEY SAFE TO DO SO. ALLOW VEHILCES TO EXIT WHENIT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

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    • that area have a zebra marking on the street. That means if a pedestrian want to pass you have to stop.

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  9. POOR man,loosing his life to some fool who thinks that the traffic signs and laws doesn't apply to him a biker
    Giving all bikers a bad rap

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  10. Such negligence to human life , then he crash on that same bike and we'll say life is cruel .

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