A British national, killed in a vehicular accident near the Rodney Bay Marina entrance early this morning, was a cabin crew member of Virgin Atlantic airline for some 15 years.
Quinton Garrathy, 38, from Southampton, was hit by a black Hyundai SUV, registration number PG657, as he attempted to cross the road close to 1:38 a.m. Sunday. He had just disembarked a mini-bus at the bus stop, opposite the food vans, eyewitnesses said.
The SUV was being driven by 18-year-old Sebastien King of Gros Islet, son of the island’s lead pathologist Dr. Stephen King. Police sources say Sebastien’s insurance and driver’s license were valid. As is customary, the teen was brought into police custody where he gave a statement and was then released. Investigations continue.
Meanwhile, a crew member of Virgin Atlantic, speaking on condition of anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that Garrathy and other crew members arrived in St. Lucia on Saturday morning and stayed at Royal St. Lucia resort in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet.
The crew member said Garrathy and others were eating and drinking around 10 p.m.-11 p.m. at the hotel. The source said four members, including Garrathy, prepared to leave the hotel for Castries, however it appeared that Garrathy left on his own.
When asked why would Garrathy stop near the entrance of the marina, which is a good distance from the hotel, the source said the airline employee may have missed his stop and was crossing the road to head back to the hotel. The source also theorised that Garrathy may have stopped to make a purchase at one of the food vans.
Garrathy is survived by his wife – also a crew member of Virgin Atlantic – and a three-month-old daughter. He celebrated his first wedding anniversary on July 9.
A source said Garrathy was scheduled to leave the island on Monday, August 4 at 5:45 p.m.
He was described as “young, energetic, fun-loving, and popular”.