With it looking like a very wet Christmas and already three deaths resulting from one traffic accident yesterday, Minister of Transport and Works, John Boyce, as well as the police are appealing for caution on the roads this season.
Yesterday around 10:20 a.m., a car and a minibus collided on Gibbes Road in St. Peter, resulting in the death, including a baby, and the injury of two others, all from Durants Village, St. James.
The car was driven by Anderson Gibbons, who complained of a wound to the head, while his girlfriend, Deann Harewood, 25, received lacerations about the body.
Harewood’s niece, Sherese Alleyne, 19, and Alleyne’s niece, Nakira Harewood, 17, died on the scene. Alleyne’s son, 14-month-old Kion Alleyne, was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
No one travelling on the minibus suffered injuries.
Boyce in a statement just hours after the accident noted he was stunned to learn of the fatality and further expressed sympathy to the families of the deceased.
“Especially now, at Christmas, this is a shocking tragedy and no words can ever remove the pain these families must feel.
“As Minister of Transport and Works, I wish to use this unfortunate occasion, to appeal once more to Barbadians to exercise absolute caution on our roadways. Please observe our speed limits and consider the other road users, including our pedestrians,” he said.
Noting that Christmas was the busiest time of the year and roads were also busier than usual, the minister appealed to persons who do not have to make a journey to postpone it until after this seasonal rush.
It was the same appeal issued this morning by Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector David Welch.
“We are asking persons to be very cautious because we know there is more congestion on the roads, not just for Christmas but the ensuing bank holidays as well.
“We want people to exercise greater care and realise there is no need to speed to get where they are going,” Welch cautioned. (LB)