Shock and grief have gripped a close-knit Foster Hall, St John family which lost one of its beloved sons in tragic circumstances over the Easter weekend.
Carson Atkins, 40, died in a traffic accident during the wee hours of Sunday morning, becoming the island’s seventh road fatality for the year.
He was the front seat passenger in a car driven by 29-year-old Christopher Skeete of the same district, which was involved in a collision with another vehicle along Four Roads, St John. The second vehicle was driven by Kera Deane, 34, of Todds Development, St George. Both were extensively damaged and the drivers were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
When Barbados TODAY paid a visit yesterday to the family, many of whom built their houses on the same plot of land as the deceased, black flags fluttering on the sides of the homes, as well as the solemn faces, told the story of a loss that was deeply felt.
Carson’s mother Marva Atkins was too grief-stricken to speak, however his uncle, Joseph Hope, described his nephew as a mentor to the youngsters in the area.
“He was a gentle guy and I think that he was quite a good mentor to the youngsters around here who frequented the area. He tried to keep them on the straight and narrow. He was kind and generous and supportive of his family,” said Hope, who recounted speaking to Carson just last Tuesday.
“He shouted for me from a distance because once he sees you he does not ever not shout you. He lets you know that he saw you. He was just that kind of open and loving guy,” he added.
Hope told Barbados TODAY he received news that his nephew had been involved in an accident in the early hours of the morning, and was able to compose himself just enough to make it to the scene. “It was shocking news. I was awoken by the telephone and hearing news like that sent me into a state of shock, but I managed to compose myself and make it out to the scene. Then we waited around until we were able to identify the body,” he said.
Meanwhile, cousin Sylvia Allman said she knew Carson from the time he was a baby, and during his primary and secondary school years he was never known as a troublemaker.
“I never had reports about him and I never heard anybody having a bad thing to say about him. As the people would say the news had me offset. Whenever I come up here I never like to go back down unless I see Carson. Right now I am hurting, but God knows best. If that is the way he had to go then we have to be thankful for the time that we had him. We are trying to cope as family, we are very close and right now we are all down,” Allman said.