ROSEAU –– The police have officially confirmed the death of a 16-month-old Italian child in an accident in the Trafalgar area yesterday morning.
The mother of the child is a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
Police PRO Sergeant Pelham Jno Baptiste said the child Edoardo Antoniazzi was pronounced dead at the PMH. He had arrived in Dominica on the cruise liner MSC Orchestra.
He said the infant was among a team of seven passengers who were traveling to the Trafalgar Falls on Toyota bus registration number HE597 which was being driven by Randolph Xavier, 67, of Eggleston.
“On arrival in an area known as Padu in Trafalgar, it is alleged that the driver lost control of the motor vehicle, collided with a concrete curb and as result the motor vehicle plunged into a precipice approximately 140 feet below on to a concrete secondary road which leads to the Padu Power Station,” Jno Baptiste explained. “All occupants of the motor vehicle sustained injuries. They were transported to the Accident & Emergency Department of the PMH by the Fire and Ambulance Service where they received medical attention.”
He said the Xavier was admitted to the hospital while the mother of the deceased infant, Alice Zanette, of Italy is receiving medical attention at the ICU.
Jno Baptiste said a coroner’s inquest would be convened and investigations into the cause of the motor vehicle accident were ongoing.
A statement from the cruise liner said at least four passengers had returned to the ship by yesterday evening.