A source close to Johanna Dominic, the pillion passenger on the motorcycle which collided with a minibus killing police officer Allen Abbott on Monday, has dismissed statements that Dominic and Abbott, a married father, were in a relationship at the time of the fatal accident.
The source said the family of 40-year-old Dominic are disgusted by comments on social media which questioned Abbott’s motive for having Dominic on his motorcycle at that time of the night.
However, the source alleged that it was Abbott who offered Dominic a ride home. The source added that Abbott was just being friendly and helping out a friend, someone he knew for years. Abbott got married in January 2010, according to his Facebook timeline.
“People have been saying a lot of lies,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “She and the guy (Abbott) had a relationship before he got married but they were not together [at the time of the accident]. She (Dominic) has a boyfriend. They’ve been together five years now.”
The source said Dominic was with female friends at a Green Synergy event in Vieux Fort when Abbott approached Dominic. The source said Abbott and Dominic had a conversation.
“She said she is going home now and the guy (Abbott) told her to wait on him, he will give her a ride home,” the source said.
The source further alleged that Abbott took the “longer route” and “made the whole round” when he left Green Synergy to drop Dominic home in La Resource, Vieux Fort. Abbott is from Grand Ravine, Dennery.
“She asked him why he is taking the longer route, why is he passing through Vieux Fort…but he was hard-headed,” the source alleged.
According to a police press release, the motorcycle (registration number PK4795) collided with a minibus (M751) driven by 49-year-old Marcus Mathurin of Cedar Heights, Vieux Fort at about 12:50 a.m. on Monday, August 25 on the Laborie/Vieux Fort Highway.
Police said Dominic and Abbott sustained serious injuries and were transported to St. Jude Hospital where Abbott was pronounced dead on arrival. The Traffic Department of the Vieux Fort Police Station is investigating the accident.
According to the source, Dominic said she recalled seeing the vehicle (bus coming) then heard a loud noise. The source said Dominic and the police officer were thrown from the bike. And that’s all she remembered.
Dominic learned that Abbott died on Tuesday when officers came to the hospital a second time to take statements. The first time the investigators came, she was in too much pain to be fully interviewed, the source said.
Dominic, the mother of a seven-year-old boy, is currently in stable condition at Victoria Hospital. She underwent surgery on one of her legs which was broken in about four places. She also sustained a fractured shoulder and a wound to the head.
“She is speaking, she’s alright. She is stable but in a lot of pain,” the source said.
Some members of the public took to social media to also criticise the police for not releasing an official statement on the accident in a timely manner, suggesting that the police force was trying to “cover-up” because one of their colleagues was involved in the accident.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) received the press release on Wednesday, August 27 – two days after the accident.
However, when SNO contacted Police Press Officer Aniel Innocent on Wednesday when no press release was forthcoming, Innocent said the press release was sent earlier but the police force’s email system has been experiencing technical glitches. Innocent eventually had to email the press release from her personal email address as several attempts to send it from the work email proved futile.
Police Constable 280 Abbott served the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for 19 years. At the time of his death, the 40-year-old was attached to the Special Services Unit.
He is survived by his wife. They had a daughter together.