STEWART TOWN, Trelawny — Member of Parliament for South Trelawny Marissa Dalrymple Philibert is calling for a massive road patching programme in the Stewart Town area of the parish.
"I know that funds are tight and I know that we need to conserve, but right now we need to save lives. We need to get the government patching programme on the way because lives are in danger," she argued.
She was speaking in the wake of last week's death of Errol Reid, also called 'Ratty', who was killed along a section of the pothole-riddled Stewart Town main road.
Reports are that Reid was driving his motorcycle along the Stewart Town main road when the cycle collided with a pick-up truck that was travelling in the opposite direction.
He reportedly sustained multiple injuries and died on the spot.
The South Trelawny MP blamed the potholes on the roadway for the accident.
"Just where the accident took place is a deep hole in the road. It is obvious that what happened to 'Ratty' was that he pulled away from the hole in the road and went straight onto the other side where he collided with a vehicle coming down," she charged.
According to Dalrymple Philibert, Reid, was on his way to the site of a Labour Day project she had organised.
The project, she said, was to undertake improvement works on the roadway.
Despite the mishap, the MP said, several volunteers from the Stewart Town community participated in the project.
" We broke stones, cleaned out the potholes, rolled it, and then asphalted it," she told the Observer West.