UPDATE: Driver involved in fatal Westmoreland crash in police custody
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – The driver who reportedly fled the scene of a fatal collision in Bluefields, Westmoreland on Monday is now in police custody.
The development was confirmed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in charge of operations in the Westmoreland Police Division, Adrian Hamilton.
Senior Superintendent Wayne Josephs, head of the Westmoreland Police Division, told Observer Online on Tuesday morning that the attorney of the driver contacted the police and made arrangements to turn himself in.
The police have also identified the five people who died in the accident. They are Oneil Allen, otherwise called ‘Dummy’ and his 65-year-old mother Angella Samuels, both of Mount Edgecombe, Farm district; 39-year-old Petrina Wallace and her 15-year-old daughter Lavecia Forrester, both of Gordon district, Whitehouse; and 54-year-old Janet Thompson of McAlpine district, all in Westmoreland.
According to police reports, about 3:30 pm, the taxi, with six people onboard, was travelling towards Whitehouse when the vehicle it was travelling behind slowed down. The cab driver swerved, collided with a truck that was travelling in the opposite direction and ended up in a tree.
Three of the occupants of the Toyota Noah taxi died on the scene, while the two that were transported to hospital succumbed to their injuries on Monday night.