(SNO) – A St. Lucian national, described by a local politician as a “very affable and well dispositioned” young man, was one of two persons who died in a motor vehicle accident in Barbados on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
The St. Lucian has been identified as Jonah William, 36, who resided at Braids Road, Lower Carlton in St. James, Barbados but was originally from Dernière Rivière in Dennery, Saint Lucia.
Media reports have stated that William, also known as ‘Link’ and ‘Link William’, was a passenger in a Suzuki Vitara that collided head-on with a Transport Board bus in the wee hours of Sunday.
Member of Parliament for Dennery North, Shawn Edward, paid tribute to William in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“Not again!… Literally waking up to news that ‘Link’, a very affable and well dispositioned young man from Derniere Riviere died in a vehicular accident in Barbados in the wee hours (Sunday). Derniere Riviere is in shock this morning…nobody wants to believe this! When it rains it pours!” Edward wrote.
The other man who died in the accident has been identified as Colin Dexter Clarke alias ‘Terry’ of Chapman Street, St Michael.
According to Barbados Today, the accident occurred about 1 a.m. on Sunday along the Black Rock main road near its junction with St Stephens Hill Road, St Michael.
The Today reported that: “A Transport Board bus was travelling to Bridgetown with 14 passengers onboard while a white Suzuki Vitara was travelling in the opposite direction with four passengers and the driver. Both vehicles became involved in a head-on collision resulting in fatal injuries to Clarke, who was the driver of the Suzuki Vitara, King (William), who was one of his passengers. They both died on the spot.
“The other three passengers of the Vitara were transported to the Accident & Emergency Department of the QEH for medical attention. Six passengers onboard the Transport Board Bus complained of various injuries and were treated by the ambulance personnel at the scene. They all stated that they would seek private medical attention. Two fire tenders and eight personnel from the fire Department responded to the scene. The “Jaws of Life” had to be used to extract the deceased from the Suzuki Vitara. Investigations are continuing.”
St. Lucia News Online extends condolences to the friends and family of the deceased, particularly the Saint Lucian.