Woman succumbs following St Ann crash, residents appeal to drivers to exercise caution
ST ANN, Jamaica— A woman died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash on the Ocho Rios Bypass in St Ann on Friday.
The deceased is Rayleen Fagan of an Ocho Rios address.
Police report that the collision involved a white International motor truck and a white Toyota Probox motor car. Fagan was a passenger in the Toyota Probox. Lawmen say around 11:50 pm, both vehicles were travelling in opposite directions along the Ocho Rios Bypass when the accident occurred.
The police were called to the scene and the wounded people were rushed to hospital where Fagan succumbed.
The Ocho Rios Police are conducting preliminary investigations.
Shanice Mullings, a resident of the area is pleading with citizens to drive with caution, especially over the Christmas holiday.
“Come on guys, we must know better by now make we try to be careful no? The new year soon come make we try to reach it, no bother with the impatient behaviour on the roads. Me know we have a lot of errands to run, but is better we reach late than no reach at all. Me tired to hear somebody dying on the road almost every day now, it painful man,” she said.
Mullings also urged her fellow motorists to obey the police officers and to desist from speeding and overtaking.
She encouraged partygoers to leave their homes earlier to prevent speeding in an effort to reach their destination on time.
“Leave out an hour earlier or whatever if you know the road ago full a traffic, and as we know Ochi practically become the party parish right now, so just do what you have to do, we all want to enjoy ourselves with our families, so make we do it in a safe way,” she said.
Her comments were echoed by Tedroy Mckenzie, another resident who said he saw the traffic pile up before finding out about the accident.
“Me see the traffic and me go check and see [what] happened, me have to just shake me head star, and say to the driver them drive with more caution brethren, a one life you have,” he said.
Since the start of the year, the Road Safety Unit has recorded around 410 road fatalities in 371 crashes.
Of that number, St Ann has recorded 39 fatalities in 37 crashes in comparison to the 44 fatalities in 34 crashes in the corresponding period last year.