Just after midnight, 41-year-old John Corbin called and told his wife that he was on his way home from work.
And a dutiful Natalie decided to wait up to acknowledge his arrival and watch that movie he promised they would, when he got home.
He never made it there.
Corbin died on the scene of an accident, which occurred about 12:45 a.m. at Pinder’s Bottom, St George, on Highway 5, to the east of Boarded Hall. Investigations revealed that the car which Corbin was driving collided with a SUV driven by popular entertainer Ricky Reid, 43, better known as Lil Rick, of Coral Haven, St Philip.
Her face resting in the comfort of a pillow as she sat in the veranda of their Long Bay, St Philip home this afternoon, a teary Natalie told Barbados TODAY the news of her husband’s death was shocking, heartbreaking and painful, especially as she replayed in her mind that she never thought there would be a day he would never come home to her and their three children.
“I was going to get up and go looking for him because he don’t not come home. He always come home, even if we had a fight,” she said.
The wife recalled having a good morning with her husband before he left home to head to his workshop to carry out repairs on a car. Just after 12 o’clock he called home to alert her that he was on his way home, as he always did.
“I was watching television and my [14-year-old] daughter was watching television too, and when the phone rang she answered, and it was him saying he was on his way home. I sat down waiting, waiting for him to come. Like quarter to one [12:45], I had a private missed call and I thought it was her [Nakita] that was calling to see if he was already home and could come for her.
“But when I got to the phone it rang out. So I said maybe she called him and he gone for her because I find that he was taking long to come home.
“So I just walked around the house, peeped through the door all the time and checked the phone and I find that he wasn’t coming home and I wasn’t hearing him. So about three o’clock, I say, ‘If he gone for her, he would realize the time by now and call back to say well ‘I gone for [Nakita]’. But no call was coming and he wasn’t coming either,” said a composed Natalie.
At 4 a.m., Natalie received word that her soulmate of many years would not be coming home –– news that no wife would ever wish to hear. Corbin’s brother called her and gave her the tragic news that her husband was the country’s latest road fatality.
While others may see and acknowledge her flaws, Natalie said that to her husband she was the perfect human being.
“With him there is never a dull moment. He doesn’t get angry. I have always asked him, ‘What kind of wife am I?’ and he would always say, ‘You are perfect’. This time I looking at myself and saying I getting fat and he would always say, ‘You are perfect’.”
The deceased’s 20-year-old daughter Nakita heard about her father’s death this morning while she was on her way to classes at the Barbados Community College (BCC), after spending the weekend by a friend.
“I started freaking out and saying, ‘I just got to go home to my mother, I just got to go home to my mother’,” Nikita recalled.
The daughter, who turns 21 in the next few weeks, said she would miss her humble, pleasant, kind, caring, smiling father who was always “trying to crack a joke or play around”.
She said that no matter what she did, he never shouted at her.
“I saw him Saturday night right before I left home because it was a friend of mine’s birthday. We were making jokes and I was laughing at him at something and he was like, ‘If you do this for me, I would give you a dollar’.
“And I was like, ‘I want more than a dollar’. Then he was like, ‘You gine want me to come for you after you party with your friends?’ And then we were playing and he was running and I was running behind him.”
Smiling at those precious last moments she spent with him, Nakita added: “Now I don’t have anybody to make my tea every morning.
“So I won’t be drinking tea any more. He made my breakfast, I didn’t have to do nothing; he did everything for me.
“No matter what time I go out and I want to come home, I would just have to call him and he would come for me,” she said.
Efforts to speak with Lil Rick –– the other driver in the accident –– were unsuccessful.
The popular entertainer’s manager and booking agent Santia Bradshaw told Barbados TODAY he was unavailable for comment as he was resting and recovering from the ordeal.
His accident followed closely on the heels of another fatal car crash at Dukes St Thomas on Friday night.