Just one day after celebrating his fifteenth birthday, Johwayne Samuels of Revival, Little London, Westmoreland, met an untimely end along the Brighton main road in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday.
Samuels was an eighth-grade student of the Petersfield High School, where students and teachers alike wept openly upon hearing the news of his death on Monday.
According to police reports, about 11:54 p.m. on Sunday, Samuels was riding a Red Special Edition motorcycle along the Brighton main road southerly towards Little Bay in the parish, when upon reaching a section of the roadway, he lost control of the motorcycle which swerved into the path of a white and grey Toyota Corolla DX, and collided head on.
Samuels was thrown from the motorcycle on impact into bushes on the side of the roadway. He was subsequently taken to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, where he was admitted in serious condition.
He later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Meanwhile, Tracey Brown Coote, Acting Principal of Petersfield High, described Samuels as a pleasant, promising student, who was well-loved by both teachers and schoolmates.
“He always completed his work and would love to share information with his classmates. It has been a very sad situation for us here with Johwayne’s death. It is particularly painful because he makes it three students whom we have lost since the September term due to accidents.”
Dr. Brown Coote said two students who were celebrating birthdays over the weekend into Monday were the ones most seriously impacted.
“Saturday was his birthday and one girl in his class had a birthday on Sunday and anther on Monday so they had all planned to celebrate when they got together on Monday, but fate intervened and spoiled their plans.”
A trauma team from the Ministry of Education, including counselors from other nearby schools, visited the institution and held grief counseling sessions with students and teachers, to assist them to cope.