Manchester crash claims three livesMonday, April 02, 2012
By GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau firstname.lastname@example.org
MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Police have cited speeding as the reason for the horrific car crash at the entrance to the mothballed Windalco Kirkvine alumina plant which left three young people dead early yesterday morning.
The dead have been identified as 26 year-old Annakay Thompson, a member of Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and a former aide of NW Clarendon MP Michael Stern; Kirk Dixon, 22, and Shauna-Kay Jenningson, 16. All are said to be from the Spaldings area of north western Clarendon and north eastern Manchester.
Two others in the car, Dermont Witter and Rodney Reid were in hospital up to late yesterday in serious condition.
Police said that the five were on their way home from a party in the Bellefield area of Central Manchester at minutes after 2:00 am when on reaching the vicinity of Kirkvine on the Content main road, the car spun out of control rammed into a cutstone column of the alumina plant’s outer wall, capsized and cartwheeled to the other side of the road. The column was broken in two by the impact with the top half falling in a ditch two metres away.
A Jamaica Observer team which visited the scene yesterday and took pictures theorised that the rear half of the car had the greatest impact. All three people on the back seat reportedly died.
Police yesterday were still struggling to determine who the driver was. Police said that they were awaiting forensic tests for an assessment of whether or not alcohol use may have been a factor in the accident.
Superintendent Lascelles Taylor of the Manchester police, and the head of Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Cochrane were in agreement yesterday that "from all indications speeding was the cause of the accident".
Both used the opportunity to urge caution by motorists.
"When you are driving, especially at nights, drive carefully and if you are going home, why speed? There is no need for speeding, you are going home," said Taylor.
Cochrane worried that Manchester was increasingly "on the radar" in terms of fatal accidents. He identified North East and Central Manchester as areas of particular concern.
Yesterday, G2K President Delano Seiveright described Thompson as an "intelligent, humble and hard-working lady who not only had a passion for politics but, most importantly, for helping people on a daily basis".
He extended condolences to the family and friends of Thompson, including her son, aged six, and also to the family and friends of Dixon and Jenningson.