A St Philip family is in mourning following the shocking death of 64-year-old electrician Henderson Greenidge, Barbados’ first road fatality for the year.
Greenidge was on his way to spend a night out on the town with his cousins at Oistins Bay Gardens when he was involved in a minor accident along Four Roads St Philip. Just minutes after he escaped the accident unharmed, Greenidge was hit by an approaching motorist while crossing the road.
Police investigations have so far revealed that Greenidge was at the scene of accident awaiting the arrival of a tow truck. On its arrival, Greenidge proceeded to walk towards the truck and was struck by a vehicle, driven by 28-year-old Rico Clarke, of Lot 17A, Merricks, St Philip.
Greenidge was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance for medical attention where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Greenidge’s cousin Wayne Hunte was the last person to see the visiting national alive after spending the day with him at his Thickets, St Philip home.
“We had a very jovial time yesterday [Friday] . . . it is unbelievable that he is gone because I am the last family member that was with him up to that time . . . until 8:30 p.m. when I left his house to come home,” recalled a solemn Hunte.
He said Greenidge had been staying in Barbados for the holidays and planning to return to England in February.
“We were very upbeat at his house chatting and laughing and I was hooking up his television,” Hunte said.
Hunte recalled that during their last interaction, Greenidge whom he described as the “live wire of the family,” was excitedly awaiting the arrival of his wife Sandra Greenidge as he spoke to her via Skype.
“He was a very jovial person, a very upbeat person, he loved to have his fun. He just loved to be home in Barbados,” Hunte told Barbados TODAY.
“He was a very enjoyable person to be around and . . . he loved to go Oistins when he was here, every evening actually,” he added.
Hunte said Greenidge’s sudden death was a huge blow for the family, with family members in England and in Barbados trying to wrap their minds around his passing.
This also included Greenidge’s father, Winfield Greenidge who received official word of his eldest son’s passing by police officials Saturday morning.
“He [Henderson] told me last night that he was in an accident, but nobody is hurt, don’t worry, and about an hour and a half later somebody told me he got knock down,” Winfield Greenidge said, recounting how he and his son went to a funeral on Tuesday and laughed and joked about the past.
“I am feeling lost [and] terrible,” he said.