Twenty-five-year-old Shane Dwight Knight, also known as Twin Man, will never get to see the face of his unborn baby, and his seven-year-old son Shadane Fenty will no longer run into his ‘daddy’s’ arms again.
Shane on Monday became the island’s 21st road fatality for the year, and with five months still to go this year, the number of road deaths is rapidly approaching last year’s 28, and is more than double the ten recorded two years ago.
It was around 11:10 a.m. when Shane’s motorcycle collided with a van along Castle Grant Road, St Joseph. The van, driven by 28-year-old Andre Brathwaite of Clapham Road, Wildey, St Michael, was extensively damaged, as was Shane’s motorcycle.
Sitting in the living room of her son’s Belaire #2, Market Hill, St George home surrounded by her grandchildren, Shane’s mother Kim Knight was still struggling to cope with the death of her youngest child.
She was in tears as she told Barbados TODAY that Shane’s twin brother Keyshane, who was the first to receive the news, had not come to terms with his brother’s death.
Kim recalled that she received the devastating news of the accident yesterday afternoon when she returned home and, immediately stricken with fear of losing her son, she went into a state of despair.
It was her eldest daughter Krystal who went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where her brother died while undergoing treatment for the injuries sustained in the accident, and who confirmed the mother’s gut-wrenching fears around 5 p.m.
“Krystal just rang me and gave me this shocking news that Shane passed away. Up to now I could not really function,” said Kim, who was still shaken to the core at Shane’s passing.
The Demario’s Cycle World mechanic was a good father and a good son, the mournful mum attested.
“He was very nice to me. You know you get children and you don’t get all good. Some does be rude, but after all, they are mine,” she added.
However, his seven-year-old son, Shadane, who eagerly ran to his grandmother’s aid when she started to cry, had yet to process the news that his dad was not coming home. Kim revealed that she last saw the former Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School student on Sunday afternoon when she was leaving home.
“Sunday evening when I came up here he said I dressing like I [am] young,” the mother fondly recalled.
Kim told Barbados TODAY her fondest memory of the bike enthusiast was seeing him outside his home repairing motorcycles all day.