BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – “There is no need for you to race and speed yourself to death. Please for God sake pay attention to the traffic guidelines,” said St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on Tuesday.
He made the plea during when he extended his Cabinet’s deepest sympathy to the families of four young men who died tragically in a one car road accident on Friday night.
Dead are 23-year-old Damian Harris; 32-year-old Dexter James, 22-year-old Lasinto Bradshaw and 23-year-old Maurice Rawlins.
“None of these young men were over 35, and not that death at any age is ever welcome, but when it is unexpected, and when those who die are young, the impact on the family, the community, and those of us who are left to receive the news is particularly harsh. So, once again, I express deepest sympathy to the family and friends of these young men. We can only imagine what a terrible time this must be for them,” said Prime Minister Douglas during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister.”
Dr. Douglas noted that although the circumstances are sad, it was a good time to remind everyone who has a driver’s license, or even those who are often even a passenger in other persons’ vehicles, the importance of driving with utmost caution – or the importance of demanding that the person in whose car or bus drive with caution and a sense of responsibility.
“We, of course, have no idea what caused this terrible accident at this point, and so my comment is not meant in any way to comment on what triggered this tragic event on Friday night. What I am saying, however, is that the rest of us have a responsibility to drive cautiously, to drive defensively, and to drive in such a way that should anything unexpected occur – a blown tire, an animal crossing the street, another car approaching at undue speed, a pedestrian stepping onto the road unexpectedly, we would be able to respond quickly and safely,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
Photos of the vehicle following the accident courtesy of SKNVIBES.COM