Schoolgirl, man killed in bizarre St James crash

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Tragedy struck on a Montego Bay road yesterday morning when a motor car being driven by a nurse ploughed into a group of pedestrians, killing a schoolgirl and a man.

The schoolgirl's sister, who is eight years old, and the driver of the motor car have since been hospitalised, the police say. The girls' mother also suffered minor injuries.

The deceased have been identified as 52-year-old Franklin Hylton and 15-year-old Shantae Rose, both of Glendevon addresses in St James.

According to an alleged eyewitness, the mother was accompanying her two daughters to get a taxi to school minutes to 8:00 am. While walking along the pothole-riddled Felicity Road in their community, a white motor car travelling down the hill slammed into the group from behind, the alleged eyewitness said.

According to the eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the driver seemingly lost control of the motor vehicle and it careened further down the narrow road and also hit a man.

He was reportedly pinned underneath the vehicle which dragged him a short distance before coming to a halt.

He allegedly succumbed to his injuries immediately.

Meanwhile, the two siblings, their mother, and the driver were taken to hospital where the 15-year-old was pronounced dead.

Yesterday, irate residents hurled missiles on the wrecked vehicle and used whatever debris they could find to block the road. The blockage was, however, cleared by lawmen who were quick on the scene.

In the meantime, a group of curious onlookers who assembled at the scene of the crash used the opportunity to call on political representatives to rehabilitate the road.

One of the men on the scene blamed the bad road surface as the cause of an accident on that thoroughfare earlier this year. He did not, however, say what he thought led to yesterday's fatal crash.

The St James police are investigating.




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