A Howell’s Cross Road, St Michael mother is thanking the heavens that her young daughter had left her home moments before a car ploughed through the house this afternoon before overturning onto the streets.
Eight-year-old Serena Cox had left for her uncle’s home next door a few minutes before the vehicle burst through the house.
No one else was home, but her mum, Suzette Cox, said while much of the damage to the three bedroom wooden structure was limited to the living room, it is in this very room that Serena would normally play.
“I feel grateful that nobody was at home at the time because normally when she is at home she would be in the front house playing with her toys,” a relieved Suzette told Barbados TODAY.
“I was really frightened because when she called me at work she was crying really bad and I thought something was wrong with her, but when she calmed down and told me what happened then I rushed home,” added Cox, who shares the home with her daughter and two other family members.
Her brother Edwin Clairmonte, who was caring for Serena at the time, told Barbados TODAY his sister’s fears were not unfounded, as the child had only just left the home five minutes before the accident occurred around 1:30 p.m.
“She was across there about five minutes before the accident happened,” Clairmonte said.
“As a matter fact, when the accident happened she was across the road by the garbage cans in the same area that he [the driver] claimed that he first ran into difficulty. It was very frightening because when I heard the loud crash the first person I ran out to check on was Serena. At first I thought she got hit because she was out there,” he explained.
The concerned uncle also said he was first on the scene and rendered assistance to the driver of the 1998 Daihatsu Applause, who only complained of pain to his lower back.
“I was in my bedroom and I heard a big loud crash and saw the car flip over and the driver trying to get out of the car. I aided him in trying to get out of the vehicle and then I got my phone out and called the police,” he said.
Meanwhile the driver, who refused to give his name, explained that he was driving away from the Barbados Community College when an attempt to dodge a pothole caused him to lose control of the vehicle.
“I really can’t say what happened. I was coming down the road and pull away from that pothole and I lost control of the vehicle. I am all right and I am really happy that nobody was in the house when it happened. It is only my back that is just hurting a bit but it could have been worse,” he said.