Road Fatalities Surge Beyond Century Mark After Tuesday Fatalities

Two persons were killed in separate motor vehicle crashes on Tuesday, May 1, as the carnage on the nation’s roadways continued. These latest fatalities have pushed the number so far this year past the century mark.

The crash victims have been identified as 37-year-old Latoya Carter of Portmore, St. Catherine, and 36-year-old Leon Earthlighte, of a Kingston address.

According to the police, Carter was driving her Suzuki Swift along Spanish Town Bypass at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, when she lost control of the vehicle which collided with a truck. She was pronounced dead at Spanish Town Hospital.

In the other incident, Earthlighte was driving his motor cycle along Hagley Park Road at about 11:22 p.m., when he was struck by a motor vehicle, which did not stop.  He was taken to Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On Monday, the Road Safety Unit (RSU) had then revealed that 100 persons had been killed in a total of 89 crashes. Of that number, 21 were motorcyclists, 20 were drivers of private motor vehicles and 18 were passengers of private motor vehicles. Twenty-four pedestrians have also been mowed down on the nation’s roadways.

St Catherine had accounted for 24 percent of the road fatalities, which is the highest figure recorded by any parish this year.

 

Ansray Thomas

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