Michael Nattoo – Staff Reporter
- Crashes claim couple, three others
The completely ravaged Honda Civic, in which the couple, 22-year-old Rasheed Bramwell and 20-year-old Bianca Findlay, met their demise, proved yet another case of living fast and dying young, with recent investigations revealing that the tragic accident occurred as a result of speeding, and capped off what was yet another bloody weekend for Western Jamaica.
Bramwell, a bartender, and Findlay, an entertainment coordinator, both of Barrett Town addresses, around 11 a.m., were traveling along the Spring Hill main road in Trelawny, in the direction of St. Ann, when disaster struck. The driver of the vehicle, Bramwell reportedly lost control,causing the car to swerve into the path of an oncoming Yutong bus.
Investigators would later arrive at the scene to witness the result of that collision, which saw nine of the 14 passengers on the Yutong bus – tourists bound for the Sangster International Airport, suffering minor injuries, of which they were treated at hospital and released.
Bramwell and Findlay, however, were not as fortunate.
The Honda Civic in which they were traveling was visibly ripped in two, with the body of Bramwell found crushed in a section of the car, and the body of Findlay recovered some metres away. Reports are that she was catapulted from the vehicle during the collision. Both died on the spot.
The gory accident scene has left police personnel from the Traffic Division of Falmouth Police in absolute dismay, with the lawmen expressing concern for the worrying increase in motor vehicle-related accidents so far this year. Bramwell and Findlay’s demise brings to 16 the total number of vehicular fatalities since the start of the year for that division, seven more than the total recorded for the corresponding period last year (9).
“We will be carrying out more speeding operations and high visibility spot checks, especially going into the festive period,” declared Corporal Kirkland Cross of the traffic department, reiterating the department’s commitment to ensuring drivers maintain respect for the laws governing the roadways.
WESTERN WEEKEND TRAGEDIES
In other tragedies over the weekend, the lives of 35-year-old labourer Jason Thompson of Station Road, Little London; Tean Collin of Lincoln district and 29-year-old Kerol Bernard of Prospect district, all in Westmoreland, all came to an end in various incidents across the West.
About 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, the Frome Police in Westmoreland reported that Collin, who was riding his motorcycle along the Prospect main road, encountered difficulties when he attempted to overtake a parked truck. Another motorcycle, being driven by Bernard in the opposite direction, collided with Collin before he could complete the maneuver.
Both motorcyclists sustained injuries and were taken to hospital, where they both died while undergoing treatment.
That was not to be the last of the lawmen’s worries concerning road fatalities, as mere hours later, yet another collision occurred.
About 12:20 Sunday morning along Bay Road, Little London, Thompson was riding his motorcycle, when he collided with another biker, an unidentified 21-year-old man of a Farm Heights address, traveling in the opposite direction.
Both men received multiple injuries and were taken to the Savanna-la-Mar General Hospital, where Thompson succumbed to his injuries, while the other man was admitted in serious condition.
The police have expressed that they will be ramping up measures over the coming weeks to attempt to curtail this worrying trend.
Shamir Brown contributed to this article