WATCH: Mother grief-stricken after son killed in bike crash hours before 20th birthday
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – Sashon “Trey” Brown would have celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday, but a tragic incident robbed him of ever seeing that milestone.
The aspiring electrician died at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Friday night after he sustained multiple injuries in a traffic collision while driving his motorcycle in his community of Broughton, Little London in Westmoreland in the afternoon.
“It’s his birthday, oh Jesus! He would have been 20 today,” Brown’s mother Abby Gayle Desouza told Observer Online on Saturday afternoon as she stared at his graduation photo and burst into tears.
“I was at work after 4 pm, minutes to 5 pm when my spouse called and said that my son got hit off his bike and my sister is on the way to the hospital with him,” the distraught mother recalled.
The grief-stricken mother said she hurriedly left work and headed for the hospital.
“I tried calling my sister and I was not getting her and I called my son’s phone and she answered. I said what happened to Trey and she said him foot bruk and him a cry for pain,” the distraught mother recalled.
Upon arriving at the hospital, Desouza recalled seeing her son lying on the bed surrounded by a team of healthcare professionals.
“When mi reach, mi see bout 15 doctors over him a perform CPR. Mi come out and about 20 to 25 minutes the doctor called mi and seh ‘Mommy your son didn’t make it’,” the mother said, adding that her son was due to do a job interview on Monday.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western Morland Wilson, who visited the family on Saturday, used the opportunity to warn motorcyclists to be cautious.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on all motorcycle operators in the parish and across Jamaica to be mindful while operating their motorcycles, use helmets. Ensure that you operate your motorcycle in a safe manner in which can protect your life; and the life of your pillion and other road users,” Wilson charged.
“On the path of the government, we have seen where in Grange Hill under the Ministry of National Security, under the stewardship of Dr Horace Chang, where we have carried out a series of training for motorcycle operators,” Wilson added, revealing that the government is looking to expand the programme to more motorcycle operators.
Wilson also expressed condolences to the family of Brown, who he said had a “bright” and “prosperous” future.
Councillor Ian Myles [Little London, JLP] also extended his condolences to the family noting that he is saddened by the tragic incident.
“It’s one of those incidents that would have rocked the community of Broughton today [Friday], ” Myles echoed.
Following Brown’s death, the Westmoreland police had a targeted operation at the crash site, on Friday. Observer Online saw where the lawmen seized two motorcycles that were said to be unlicensed.
Several motorcycle operators were also stopped and found to be operating contrary to the rode code. One bike taxi operator was fined $33,000.
Reports from the police are that about 4:30 pm, Brown was driving his Black Special Edition motorcycle along the Broughton main road towards Little London when, upon reaching a section of the main road, he collided with a Grey Toyota Tundra van.
Brown sustained multiple injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where he died on Friday night while undergoing treatment.