The four survivors of Sunday’s fatal accident on the Bexon Highway, including the driver, have claimed that they could not recall what occurred but they’re all thankful to be alive.
Nehemiah Daniel also known as ‘Nash David’, 24, of La Croix Maingot, Castries, died before reaching the hospital.
The survivors, who are all from La Croix, Maingot, sustained minor injuries and are all at home recuperating.
In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this morning, driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Devon Timothy, said he cannot recount what happened except that the car slammed into “something” and people started rushing to their assistance.
Timothy’s brother, 17-year-old Jason Wilfred, who sustained a fractured hand and a laceration to the head, said he could only remember when he got injured and was taken to hospital.
The teenager said he was accompanying his brother Timothy, his cousin ‘Nash’ (the deceased), another cousin Danella Thomas and a friend, Denver aka “Mouse,” for a drive to the city when the accident occurred about 2:30 am.
Wilfred expressed sadness over the death of his cousin ‘Nash’ who was a passenger in the back of the car.
The car reportedly hit a pile of metal then “climbed the pole”, according to sources. Police, meanwhile, in a press release, said “it has been established that a motor car driven by Devon Timothy travelling in the direction of Castries veered off the left side of the road and slammed into a utility pole”.
A source close to the incident said David died holding the roof area of the car.
“He held the roof of the car. (He) never let go. He died with his eyes and mouth open. His neck appeared to have been broken,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Timothy and Wilfred’s mother, Maure Wilfred, said she was shocked when she received a call informing her that her sons, nephew and one of their friends were involved in an accident.
Maure told SNO that they all left early in the evening for a drive and were all heading home around 2: 30 a.m., when the accident occurred
Maure also expressed sadness over the death of her nephew David (her sister’s son).
“It is sad. We all are one… and we miss him already. He was very close to us,” she said adding that her sons will miss their cousin because they all shared a close relationship.
The Traffic Department has recorded 11 fatalities for 2014 and is appealing to road users to be cautious at all times.
SNO also received reports of two other serious accidents over the weekend.
In Vieux Fort, a young man was knocked from his bicycle and is currently in critical condition at a hospital. The accident occurred on Saturday on the Vieux Fort-Laborie Highway.
In Bois d’ Orange, Gros Islet, a car veered off the road and collided with a pole near Oasis Lounge.
No further details are available on these accidents.