Family wants driver to take responsibility after weekend hit-and-run accident

Family wants driver to take responsibility after weekend hit-and-run accident
Mandela Henry
Mandela Henry

The brother of a man who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident over the weekend has called on the perpetrator and the general public to take responsibility for such incidents when they occur.

Richard Henry said his brother Mandela Henry was riding his bicycle when he was knocked down by a vehicle at about 7:30 p.m. near True Value on the Laborie/Vieux Fort Highway on Saturday, July 4.

Mandela was on his way to his La Ressource home in Vieux Fort and had lights on his bicycle at the time of the incident, according to Richard who spoke to Saint Lucia News Online (SNO). He said the area the incident occurred was also well lit.

Mandela was struck from behind by the car which was being driven by a male. Richard said that upon impact his brother “flew” off the bicycle and ended up on the side of the street.

“…The vehicle slightly slowed down just upon approaching the bridge that’s next to True Value in the Laborie direction and the person just continue driving off,” he said.

Mandela was later picked up by his family and taken to the hospital after the police were summoned. X-rays were done and he was discharged Saturday night.

Richard told SNO that while his family is happy that Mandela did not receive any life-threatening injuries, they are appealing to the driver to present himself to the authorities and own up to his actions. Richard said his family is not planning to take any action against the driver but are just hoping that he will take responsibility for the accident.

“We want to appeal to the driver to report himself to the police… We just need to send that strong message to other motorists also that in the event that there is an accident, I think that the best thing that they should do is stop and look after the individual (victim). It’s not always about money and people asking for money out of court arrangements. Just do what is right because sometimes it could be a minor issue and they could save the person’s life as opposed to leaving the person to perish at the side of the road,” Richard said.

While alluding to a similar hit-and-run case which happened recently, which resulted in the victim succumbing a few days later, Richard said, “We are very lucky that Mandela made it out alive. .. But the fact that the driver just drove off, that’s the issue for us.”

Mandela suffered a number of bruises about the body.

According to Richard, an alleged eye witness has since identified the car in question and police are investigating. In addition, businesses in the area have given a commitment to provide surveillance tapes to assist with investigations.

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  1. Driver turn your self in. There were persons who witness the accident. We all know you reading this news story and we know you wanted to stop but your friend yes your lady friend said the victim is ok so lets drive on. do the right thing and turn your self in. Remember the student from Canada that got knock down by Home Depot in VF. They police have pressure on their backs to get a conviction on this case and they are looking for you they already know who you are. Velon John go throw the dictionary at you. Bring yourself in or call your lawyer.

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    • ahh you reminded me of politics as you mentioned Velon John with his trade mark Dictionary. I learnt from him though. Bless

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  2. That driver is a heartless bastard
    You are a driver who is involved in an accident the right thing to do is stop amd help and stay with the victime untile help arrived. Any person with a brain knows that instead he drove away leaving the victime on the side walk. They should throw the book at him idiot.
    Hope that person will be alright. God pls give him strengh.smh

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  3. The driver hit the man infront of True Value where they have CCTV, before that her pass Courts where they have CCTV, the Gas station CCTV, the Banks CCTV. The police should review those footage and hang the driver.

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  4. Now after saying your family is seeking action against the driver what make u believe he will turn himself. You ppl need to know what info to let out to the media before u speak

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  5. smh. I hate to hear when drivers do that. smh. Thankfully the guy did not suffer any life threatening injuries.

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