What began as a selfless act ended with 70-year-old Robert Quintyne losing his life last evening, his doleful daughter is charging.
Antonia Alleyne is contending that had her dad not tried to resolve a conflict involving a 17-year-old female he would not have met his death on the road, a mere stone’s throw away from his Alleyne’s lane, Passage Gardens, St Michael home.
“If he weren’t looking out for her, he would be alive today,” Alleyne told Barbados TODAY from the home she shared with her dad.
Little is known about the circumstances surrounding the elderly man’s death, which police have deemed to be “unnatural”, pending a post-mortem.
The lawmen said they received a report about 6:30 p.m. that a man had collapsed and fallen on the roadway along 1st Avenue, Alleyne’s Lane, Passage Gardens, St Michael, and on arrival they found his body on the ground.
Eyewitnesses said he had earlier spoken to a group of people involved in a dispute and was on his way home when he collapsed and died.
Barbados TODAY understands that the row involving the teenager started at the Barbados O’level Institute at Bank Hall, St Michael, and it apparently intensified by the time those involved arrived at Passage Gardens.
Alleyne said she heard the uproar, but little did she know that her father had gone to try to calm the situation, until she decided to venture outside to find out what was going on.
It was then, she said, that she saw Quintyne in the middle of the brawl.
“Yesterday I was doing hair and I don’t know but it seems like the little girl was in an altercation with somebody. I don’t know because I wasn’t checking to see who was fighting. He went to stop the little girl because she is a daughter of his friend . . . . I hear all the noise in the gap and I didn’t know all the time he went to her,” the hairstylist and nail technician told Barbados TODAY while fighting back tears.
“I saw him in the middle of this thing and I was like, ‘but why you up in them?’ But he was trying to get the little girl which is his friend’s daughter out of the fight and after she swing back to down the gap I turn my back and told her go home,” Alleyne explained.
Even though the cause of death is yet unknown, the daughter remained convinced that his efforts to end the altercation played a part.
“A woman came and told me, ‘your father just dropped’, so I don’t know for sure. I don’t know if he get a lash or not, but he was looking out for her and that is how everything happen,” she insisted.
Alleyne said family members were trying to come to grips with the death of the elderly man whom they said was a loving and caring person.
“Everybody is crying, but I’m talking. All of the family is mourning but as hard as it is we have to do it. I was up all yesterday. I haven’t even slept as yet.
“He was a racing pool type of person [and] he loved animals. If you wanted something to eat my dad would give you. That is how he was. He was a very caring person but he would never mix up. He would speak, but he would never be up in people. Other than that he was a cool person and funny,” she said.