A 67-year-old mother is grieving the loss of her son, who has become this island’s latest road fatality.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Lower Burney, St Michael home of Sheila Stuart earlier today, she was still in a state of shock over the untimely death of her son Ricardo, who was attempting to cross the ABC Highway at Mount Friendship just before midnight on Saturday when tragedy struck.
The pedestrian was run over by a motorcycle ridden by 29-year-old Renaldo Goodman who was also seriously injured in the accident and transported to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital for medical treatment.
However, while Goodman, a police officer, remains in stable condition, Ricardo passed away at 11:10 a.m. Sunday, becoming Barbados’17th road fatality for 2018 and its fifth since last Friday.
Between tears today, his mother recalled that a group of male residents from the area had delivered the unpleasant news “that Ricardo get lick down and he like he dead”.
“I start to holler. A police come and said he coming back, and then the fellas come back and said they carry him to the hospital. They told me that his foot was broken and [he] had head injuries and his ribs break up and he has cuts in his face,” she revealed, while admitting that she was not feeling like herself since.
“It got me a bit down,” she said, while calling on Barbados TODAY to “pray for me, please”.
Sheila described her deceased son as an “alright boy” who “would do any little thing for me”.
Before becoming overcome with grief to the point of being unable to speak she also lamented that she was unable to visit Ricardo in hospital because she uses a walker and her physical movements are restricted.
However, she said she was kept abreast of his condition by relatives who initially reported that “he had a 50/50 chance” of survival.
The grieving mother also reported that her son had suffered brain damage during the collision, explaining that even if he had lived “he would have been a vegetable”.
The former Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) employee was previously declared medically unfit about ten years ago when he was run over by an SSA truck, which injured the same foot that was broken during Saturday’s fatal crash, she further revealed, adding that Ricardo’s death was the third one to hit the family within the past three years, following those of his aunt and his brother.