A Christ Church family is devastated after a vehicular accident claimed the lives of cousins, 31-year-old Kamar Small of Edey Village, and 33-year-old Omar Chase of St David’s Village.
Around 5:55 p.m. on Friday, Chase’s motorcycle collided head on with a motor van belonging to 48-year-old Wayne Cummins of Packers Valley, St Patricks, Christ Church along Foursquare Road, St Philip. Small was the pillion rider on the motorcycle. The cousins died on the scene.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY hours after it was announced that the two men had become the island’s 13th and 14th road fatalities for 2018, Omar’s sister Kimberley Chase still had not come to grips with the tragedy.
“I’m waiting for him to come home and tell me Sis I coming for my food,” Kimberley said while crying.
Omar was her last sibling and only surviving relative since their mother died 14 years ago.
The loss of her beloved sibling was still too much to bear, especially since she buried her nephew a week ago.
“They [Omar and Kamar] promised they ain’t going to go along and left me and now they gone and I don’t know what to do. He is all I got besides my children and his, and he gone and left me and I don’t know what I am going to do,” she solemnly repeated.
“To lose my brother and my cousin in one week this is so hard . . . I never believed that I would got to bury my mother last child. I feel like I lost my soul all over again,” Kimberley went on to say while in tears.
Kimberley received the call of the fatal accident while she was at the nail salon.
“I didn’t expect my brother and my cousin to be dead because they told me they coming back home now then to go and see them dead hurt my heart,” Kimberley told Barbados TODAY.
“My brother, he is a good man he make sure he look out for his children and everybody around.”
Kamar’s 53-year-old mother Valencia Small was also struggling with the news that her youngest son would not be returning home.
Valencia’s Edey Village, Christ Church home was filled with relatives and neighbours who had stop by to offer their condolences to the family and offer their assistance during this difficult time.
Valencia revealed that Kamar was well known throughout the community. He could often be seen roasting up to 21 breadfruits outside his home to be shared amongst family and friends.
“A friend said she missed the smoke coming through her bedroom window,” she recalled, adding, “he was a fella that liked a lot of laughing and cracking a joke … he made you laugh.”
Valencia said when she arrived at the accident scene Friday night, it felt like the longest wait of her life before she finally saw her son’s body.
“I thought it was never going to end . . . It was rough, it was rough,” she said before breaking down in tears.
“It is hard and it is rough because he was not sick . . . to know that you child wasn’t sick and get in an accident and died on the spot the same time, it’s hard,” she added.