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Athlete Jordon Scott dies in car crash •MVP teammate Michael Campbell hospitalised

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, September 11, 2017

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Jamaica's track and field has been plunged into mourning once again following the death of MVP Track Club athlete Jordon Scott in a car accident that also left his teammate Michael Campbell hospitalised.

Scott, 21, a 400-metre runner formerly of Petersfield High and The Manning's School, died after the white Honda Civic motor car he was driving slammed head-on into a utility pole and caught fire.

Up to the time of death he attended University of Technology, (UTech).

Campbell, who is said to have been injured and is in stable condition, was believed to be the only other person in the vehicle.

Campbell, 21, ran the third leg and handed the baton to Usain Bolt on Jamaica's 4x100m relay team in the heats of the World Championships. Campbell, who is formerly of Jamaica College and currently attends UTech, was replaced by Yohan Blake in the final.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the information arm of the police force, told the Jamaica Observer that the accident occurred approximately 4:45 am on Sunday near the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road.

Sources say that after the crash people on the scene pulled Campbell from the wreckage, but a pole-mount transformer fell onto the car. It burst into flames with Scott trapped inside.

Petersfield High's Head Coach Machel Woolery, who said he introduced Scott to athletics in 2008, was distraught when he spoke to the Observer yesterday.

“When I heard this morning I couldn't really believe. He has been driving from he was at high school. He is used to driving,” said Woolery.

“He was a good youth, hardworking, had a sense of purpose, [and was] jovial. We spoke about a month ago and I expected big things from him this year,” Woolery continued.

Woolery revealed Scott had recovered from a toe surgery, and after running 21.1 over 200 metres, he was looking for him to lower his 48.01 seconds personal best under the guidance of coaches at MVP.

“So this season he really decided that he was going to put in the work because Michael Campbell is his bredrin at college and he made the World Championships. So Jordon was motivated to make the [2018] Commonwealth Games,” revealed Woolery.

“He ran 48.01 in high school with a shin problem, so I expected big things this year,” he added.

The man behind the emergence of Westmoreland-based Petersfield High remembers when Scott gave him goose pimples with an outstanding relay run at the Western Championships in 2015. There they defeated star-studded St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), the big favourites for the event.

“We weren't the favourites and after he managed to run 48.4s for fourth in the championship, he came back on the second leg with Okeem Williams, who is a 46s runner, and Jordan got the baton 10 metres behind and ran him down and passed him and the rest was history. We were planning for that 4x400 title for quite some time. It was a pride and joy,” said Woolery.

“One future talent gone. Unfortunately he didn't get a chance at the highest level that he wanted to. He loved to study and was his father's pride and joy. His one son,” said Woolery.

“He was a mentor to some of the athletes, including Antonio Watson. Every minute he would come and check up on him and called him to find out how he is doing. It's a sad moment for us,” he pointed out.

Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), who said he visited Campbell at the University Hospital of the West Indies, dismissed rumours that Campbell had lost a leg in the accident.

“Nothing like that. He is stable, speaking and everything,” he confirmed.

“We express regret for what has taken place — the loss of a life and the injury sustained to Michael. I came and I have seen him and he should be okay in the long run. It's just tragic,” said Dr Blake.

Jamaican-born high jumper Jermaine Mason was killed in a motorcyle accident in April.

Mason was heading home from a party about 4:20 am when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle, which ran off the roadway in East Kingston.

Mason, a former student of Wolmer's Boys', is the national record holder in the high jump event. He was a part of the MVP Club before switching allegiance in 2006 to represent Great Britain.

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