FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Trelawny police division was plunged into mourning yesterday following news that one of their colleagues died from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle collision here.
Twenty-two-year-old Constable Omar Elliot, who joined the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) just under three years ago, died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital yesterday afternoon while undergoing treatment.
Persons claiming to be eyewitnesses said that the cop was driving a police service motorcycle in hot pursuit of a minibus plying the Falmouth to Montego Bay route when he collided with a SUV.
According to head of the Trelawny police division, Senior Superintendent Noel Christie, about 8:15 yesterday morning, the constable, who is assigned to the Traffic Department at the Falmouth Police Station, was on patrol along the one-way Duke Street main road when he collided with a Toyota Harrier, which was in the process of making a right turn.
The impact of the crash threw the young traffic cop from the motorcycle, resulting in him sustaining multiple injuries all over his body, including his head. He was rushed to the Falmouth Hospital, but later transferred to Cornwall Regional Hospital in critical state.
The driver of the Harrier, who is an employee of the Jamaica Public Service Company, was also taken to the Falmouth Hospital where he was treated for injuries and then released into the custody of the police.
Up to late yesterday evening he was waiting to be questioned by the police.
According to SSP Christie, a senior investigator has been assigned to the case. "We are doing the necessary background work," Christie disclosed.
Yesterday, the mood at the newly constructed state-of-the-art police station was sombre. Some cops were seen shedding tears, while others walked around with blank stares on their faces.
Reverend Devere Nugent of William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth conducted a counselling and prayer session with the distraught cops.
"The staff is really down; a lot of persons huddling around. Reverend Nugent had a counselling session with the staff and gave them an opportunity to express themselves about the relationship they had with Mr Elliot and also how they are feeling about his passing. So it's really a sad time now in the division," SSP Christie told the Jamaica Observer.
"He (Constable Elliot) was disciplined, hard-working, pleasant, he was well-loved by his fellow workers," Christie added.