Fatal Falmouth accident sparks protest
RESIDENTS of Market Street in Falmouth, Trelawny, on Thursday blocked sections of the Falmouth to Martha Brae main road following a motor vehicle accident which killed 24-year-old Stacy-Ann Wright and injured her four -year-old daughter.
The roadblock and protest left hundreds of commuters stranded as taxi operators were unable to ply the Falmouth to Wakefield route.
The Falmouth police reported that at about 2:40 pm on Thursday, a Toyota Corolla motor car was being driven along Market Street by Kenvon Grant, when pedal cyclist Stacy-Ann Wright rode across the car’s path and was hit. Her four-year-old daughter Abigail James, who was also on the bicycle, was injured during the accident.
Wright was pronounced dead on arrival at the Falmouth General Hospital while James was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay where she was admitted.
But residents of Market Street claimed that the driver of the motor car was racing with another motorist when the accident occurred.
“The driver of the Toyota Corolla was racing with a Mark II and the Corolla got out of control and hit down the woman,” one of the protestors told the Observer.
They charged that many taxi-operators speed along that section of the roadway, and they have called on the police to increase their presence in the area in an effort to deter this practice.
The police yesterday morning cleared the roadblocks and remained in the area until the afternoon.