TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Constable Omar Elliot was prophetic when he told his immediate supervisor Corporal Kirkland Cross while he was on duty in Falmouth Monday morning that he would no longer be wearing the pants from his present uniform.
The traffic cop reportedly used the cellular phone of one of his colleagues to call Cross reminding him that he had promised to replace the worn-out pants, and insisted that he wanted a replacement.
"Yesterday (Monday) Elliot called me about five minutes before the accident. He said, 'Cross, you promised me a traffic pants.' He said, 'Cross, me naw wear this pants anymore more because it wash out," Corporal Cross recounted during a grief counselling session at the Falmouth Police Station on Tuesday.
Minutes after the phone call, the police constable, who was driving a motorcycle, collided with an SUV on the usually busy Duke Street main road in Falmouth.
Alleged eyewitnesses claimed that the cop was in hot pursuit of a minibus when the accident occurred.
The impact of the crash threw the young constable from the motorcycle, causin him to sustain multiple injuries all over his body, including his head. He was taken to the Falmouth Hospital in critical condition, but was later transferred to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, where he died while undergoing treatment.
Corporal Cross was one of the many law enforcers who expressed regret at the loss of their colleague during a grief counselling session conducted by Superintendent Courtney Walters, Assistant Chaplain of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and volunteer chaplains from the Falmouth Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastors Garth Geddes and Clavour Tucker.
Walters and Geddes, who noted that anger is a human reaction to grief and trauma, both appealed to the grieving cops not to misdirect their anger at members of the public.
Constable Elliot got married to Constable Donhae Elliot on July 18 this year. The union produced one daughter.
Meanwhile, Jason Solomon, the driver of the SUV, who has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 on Tuesday.
He is expected to appear in the Falmouth Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, September 18 to answer to the charge.