The female driver of a car that hit two primary school boys yesterday afternoon is being criticized for not contacting the youngsters’ family, more than 24 hours after the incident.
Dion Clinton-Carrington said she was thankful that her sons, Ramarko, 4, and Rameko, 7, were not more severely injured, but told Barbados TODAY that driver Tracy Mayers had not checked in on the children once and the younger boy, in particular, was extremely upset about it.
The two Gordon Greenidge Primary School students were in the cark park of Percy King Auto Parts, opposite the school in Upper Rock Dundo, St. James, when they were hit.
Still shaken by the ordeal, Clinton-Carrington said the boys were accustomed to walking home from school with their 10-year-old brother, also a student of that institution, but yesterday he went to a match with the school’s cricket team.
Clinton-Carrington said the younger of the boys reported to her being struck and dragged by the car, while the older son said the car grazed his toes.
The boys were rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by ambulance, but their injuries were not life-threatening and they were discharged from hospital last night.
The younger Ramarko received bruises and swelling on his hand and face and his left eye is bloodshot and inflamed. Rameko’s foot was grazed.
Clinton-Carrington said she could not understand why her calls to Mayers have not been answered.
The mother said she believes the St. Thomas resident owed her an explanation and her children an apology.
“At no time she has called. I have not seen what this woman look like as yet. The police gave me three numbers when I went to the station last night to contact her and I calling all up to late hours and no one answered,” she said.
“Not a word. Not a word and it hurts. She didn’t even try to call nor come to see, nothing, and that is the part that hurting me. It hurting me real bad. I feel so weak that I can’t eat . . . I was wondering how she could sleep because I couldn’t sleep. I lay on the floor all night just praying and feeling weak on the inside, but thanking God that my sons are still alive.”
The woman said what bothered her most was hearing Ramarko say that he never got an apology.
“When he got to the hospital he began crying and I hold over his bed and he said ‘mummy, a lady come and knock me over and she didn’t say sorry and I didn’t see she; she didn’t come to me’. He is hurt, I [was] taking he back to the hospital this morning, and in the taxi all he [was] saying is that he didn’t see she.”
The boys’ father, Rommel Carrington, told Barbados TODAY that he too was disturbed and hurt over the matter.
“Of all of my life that is the most frightening experience. To know that your son is only four years old and somebody call you and tell you to ‘stop whatever you doing, come now; you son get lick down’,” he said, recalling that, just like Clinton-Carrington, he was at work when he got the news about the accident.
Barbados TODAY understands that parents who witnessed the accident were also upset and vented their anger at the scene.