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UPDATE: Family devastated, residents angry after 6-y-o killed by car

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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ST ANN, Jamaica — “No more On' On'. No more Oneil pon the earth,” a sad Devon Williams said as he spoke about his six-year-old son who was hit and killed by a car Monday evening, as he crossed the road in his home community on his way home from school.

The devastated father had seen his son, Oneil Williams, just a few minutes earlier as he boarded a taxi home.

The traumatised father said he had purchased juice for his two young sons as they journeyed from school. His last memory of his son before he was killed was the boy waving at him.

“All I could see was his small hand waving at me,” Williams recalled.

He received news that his son was killed moments later while at work.

A devastated Williams recalled seeing his son in the road just meters away from his home in Yellant, a community on the outskirts of Brown's Town heading to the Tobolski area.

“Him dead with his eyes open,” Williams said, as he recalled lifting his son's lifeless body into a police vehicle with the hope to get him to the hospital.

Williams said although the Brown's Town Primary School was nearer to his home, he decided to send his sons to the Gibraltar All Age School so they would encounter less vehicular traffic.

He said he was fearful that if the boys attended school in Brown's Town, they would get hit by vehicles on the busy roadways. However, on Monday, the thing he feared most happened, and only a few metres from his home.

The father said Oneil was always a playful child who wanted to become a police or soldier.

Williams said his nine-year-old son, who witnessed the death of his younger brother, has been traumatised and received medical attention Monday evening.
“Him mess up man,” Williams said.

The child's mother has also been left devastated.

Community members said she continues to ask if her son has died. “She asking if it happen fi real,” one woman said.

When the OBSERVER ONLINE visited the community on Tuesday, angry residents blocked sections of the roadway calling for political representatives to put speed bumps along the corridor to force drivers to travel at a slower speed.

“I have a six-year-old; it could have been my child,” one angry woman stated.

“We need Xavier Mayne (Member of Parliament for South West St Ann) to put in some speed bump on the road,” another resident stated.

The residents said they mounted road blocks to have speed bumps placed in the roads to ensure no more accidents happen.

According to the resident, a school girl was killed along the roadway about 13 years ago and the driver of the vehicle was freed.

“To how fast the driver going he say he see the little boy, but couldn't stop. They don't take time on this stretch; they drive like they on highway,” one resident stated

The angry residents said they hope the police will do the proper investigations and not allow the driver of the Toyota Corolla motorcar to go free.

The residents were also upset that the taxi driver did not leave the children at their usual stop. They said the car stopped some 30 metres away from the street where the children lived and that the driver did not stop on the right side of the road as is customary with drivers taking the children home from school.

“Mi blame the driver who let them off as much as the one who hit them,” one resident said.

“If him did leave them at their gate and cross them that wouldn't happen,” the upset resident added.

Renae Dixon




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