Virgin Atlantic crew member killed in accident described as “energetic and fun-loving”

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Virgin Atlantic crew member killed in accident described as “energetic and fun-loving”
Quinton Garrathy
Quinton Garrathy

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”.

Quinton Garrathy and wife Naomi.
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  1. Oh boy... sad situation all round. Dr. King, I hope that all will be well with your family. You are a good man and bad things do happen to good people too. As a parent with a daughter your son's age, i could just imagine the pain your family is going through now. Please arrange some counselling for your son so he can get through this phase. To the family of the deceased, what a tragedy. I pray that the family can get through this tragedy, i pray for strength for the wife so she can raise her daughter. Hope that she has strong family support because she too will need counselling. RIP dear Quinton!! TEARS!!

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  2. Its true drivers need to be careful, but accidents happen even if you are careful.Also, at that time of day the roads are usually not that crowded and not many pedestrians.So it looks like and unfortunate event, I am tempted to think that perhaps they only noticed trouble at the last second/s

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  3. Dear Jean cleo,
    Why are you jumping into conclusions that Quint was out partying and had too much to drink. Just because people go out, it doesn't mean they get drunk....... He might got off the bus where he did on purpose..... We will never know as he can't tell us his side of the story, CAN HE!!!!!!!!!!
    As for the earlier comments, instead of pressing the horn to signal to pedestrians, you could step on the break, it's there for a reason!!!!!!! I do feel bad for the young guy as he has to live with the thought for the rest of his life, but the mother of the 3 months old baby has to bring up that child on her own, and will have to explain to that little girl why she hasn't got a daddy...... So who is suffering more do you think??????!!!!!!!!!! RIP Quint
    🙁 my thoughts are with the grieving family....

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  4. St. Lucia needs to enforce stricter laws and penalties with regards to the speed limit in certain areas especially in residential areas and around bus stops. Pedestrians and drivers must be educated with regards to the rules of the road. Another subject which needs urgent is the drinking and driving. You attend public and private events and there is no legal time to stop the sale and/or distribution of alcohol. Alcohol is sold to to end or well after the end of these events. Rules and regulations need to be enforced with regards to a time and police should be on the roads to intercept drivers who have certain blood level aclohol limit. I see people most almost all the time drinking while driving in St. Lucia. On vacation in St. Lucia I have seen on many occasions where people drink acolhol from the beginning to the end of a public or private event, they can barely walk and is staggering then jump into a vehicle to drive home with other passengers... THIS IS DANGEREOUS. These are the issues which should be addressed.

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  5. Its amazing to read the ... lucians write, we all have the answers, yet we sit behind technology and do nothing. Every single incident is speculated, judged and then filed away like a lost memory until the next tragedy. Let us do something. At the end of the day we are the government not slp, uwp or whoever else. WE ARE!!!

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  6. Sad,very sad. My condolences to both families.

    I use to work in the Marina and this is a very dangerous area. See the confusion below:

    Traffic heading to Gros Islet from Castries

    Traffic heading to Castries from Gros Islet.

    Traffic getting out of the Marina.

    Bus stop letting off passengers on the opposite side of the road

    Food trucks on the same side of the road as the bus stop.

    Please relocate the bus stop either higher or lower and get a more suitable place for the food trucks. There is enough crown lands available.

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  7. It is probably a double tragedy for his wife and baby girl and also for young King.The report noted that his license and insurance checked out. If he had been drinking he would have been detained. Pedestrians make mistakes that turn out to be fatal ones. There is poor lighting and he was not at a designated crossing point , if he had dark clothing it might have been equally difficult to see him crossing. Let's wait for the official police report before we begin to pass judgement.

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    • I am sorry Nanton did you say designated crossing? Please let me know the designated crossing along that road. If I'd have to think of one it would be the pedestrian crossing by the Beausejour gap. Are you saying pedestrians would have to stop there and walk down? Why are there 2 busstops opposite each other in that area if people were not suppose to cross. There are several business there as well. But really enlighten me I would like to know the designated crossings.

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  8. I pray for God's strength for both families in this difficult time. God gives his people strength, trust in him, he will see you through this situation.

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  9. It saddens my heart knowing that my dear Sebie is in such a predicament. This has nothing to do with who his father is it is jus a simple case of neglect whether on one or both sides. We don't know cause none of us were there. I'm talking about a past student of mine who wouldn't harm a fly. Some of us need to get off our high horse because speeding is not unique to any one mostly everyone of us participate in the act of speeding at one time or another. His actions just happened to come at a price which others seldom experience. You are in my prayers Sebie and to the family of the victim, may u find comfort in the grace of the Lord.

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  10. Condolences go out to the Family,I do hope the Police go about this and all cases in a proffessional manner ! of which i have my doubts! (too much petty bullying)But really we do not Need again , this Kind of Publicity for Sweet St Lucia.

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  11. Sad sad situation. To robotic feelings, as much as that may be true it is a sad situation to be in. This young man still goes to school. Imagin what his gonna face when he gets back in the next week or so. And a sad situation also for the victim family, fatherless child, widowed mother. An to JT, am gonna be frank. Thats a very foolish statement to make. Everthing u obtain a licence for is not necessaryly a weapon. U need a lisennse to run a shop, especially if it sells alcoholic beverages and you also need one to play music at some sort of large event. the list can go on and on. It all comes down to how we make use of the privileges that you have as an individual. Whatever the outcome, judges must take into consideration all the curcumstances of the situation. He should have to face some form of punishment for the situation, and one that is reasonable and fair. After all, this young man has a conscious too and that alone can do a number on an individual, facing yourself and being accused by youself. This is what you truly call an "accident" especially if he wasn't under the influence of some sort of substance and doesn't have a history of aggression or being reackless on the road. All persons affected by the situation, they need to get some medical help.

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  12. St Lucian's are damn hypocrites. Because the young man is he son of a well knowned doctor. Get a life and get rid of the stinking chicken vans across the road. This is the problem not the driver.

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    • Y is the chicken van a problem? The vans are not so close to the road to obstruct traffic, it is a good distance from the bus stop. So stop someone from a livelihood, cuz ppl can't drive, or pedestrians aren't careful?

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  13. Really people, we need to visualize the whole scenario, six chicken vans in the road unlicensed selling food without running water. A serious hazard to all citizens and visitors alike. This was destined to happen unfortunately a tourist a father a husband. Why do we blame this poor young man, and not the authorities. They should have seen it coming. I know we must all eat and drink but this section of the road is dangerous. We forgot this is a highway and NOT a pedestrian crossing.

    My heart goes out to the both families especially to the King family, The young man has to live with this mishap. St. Lucian stop pointing fingers in people's children, not because he is privilege. He is from a very humble family. If you know his parents they are humble people lets not cast stones.

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