Dancehall artiste Boom Dandimite, formerly of the Scare Dem Crew, and rising artiste Willful Skilful were injured in a car accident on Half Way Tree Road in the vicinity of a popular bakery Wednesday night.
Harry Toddler confirmed that his close friend Boom Dandimite was seriously injured and is still hospitalised.
"Yeah man, Boom Dandimite and Wilful Skilful were in an accident. Boom was unconscious, they say he was coming on, but Wilful Skilful was treated and released," Toddler, also formerly of the Scare Dem Crew, told OBSERVER ONLINE.
Dandimite, Toddler, Elephant Man and Nitty Kutchie formed the Scare Dem Crew back in the 1990s. The quartet was closely aligned to Bounty Killer, who would take them on tours to ensure they gained exposure and scored hits with songs such as Pure Gal and Many Many.
Wilful Skilful, a talented protege of established dancehall star Dexta Daps, shared graphic details about the accident which almost claimed his life. He said he was in the front seat of the Mitsubishi motor car when it collided with a Suzuki Swift heading in the opposite direction along Half Way Tree Road.
"Mi cousin was driving the car and we were following (Bounty) Killer cause we just left from Weddy Weddy and ah go round ah Leggo Di Streets. The Swift a race ah come up ah do 100, and my cousin ah come down and ah try turn fi beat the car and big collision gwaan and the car turn over," he said.
The artiste was knocked unconscious by the sheer force of the accident. Boom Dandimite, who was in the back seat, was also hurt.
"Mi knock out same time, fi about five minutes, mi black out, blood ah run outta mi head and mi hear mi cousin ah say 'cuz, cuz' and the car turn over sideways. Dem shub over back the car and mi get a next jerk up again. Mi go public, do x-ray and get mi meds dem and mi prescription, so mi just a give thanks fi life, lucky say mi have on mi seat belt, ah that save me! It shows that God say mi de ya fi a purpose," the artiste whose real name is Mark Pellington, said.
Wilful Skilful said he is praying for the recovery of Dandimite who reportedly had a seizure after the accident.
"Him still de a KPH, even Killer did a call mi ask mi which ward, but dem say him ah come on, but is just sad because Dandimite ah good yute, ah nuff time him warn mi cousin about the reckless driving," he said.
Wilful Skilful is known for songs like Tables a Go Turn, Evil People and Dominate. He is the latest product of Seaview Gardens which has given the world such incredible talents as Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks, Elephant Man, the aforementioned Dexta Daps and Harry Toddler.
- Claude Mills