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Three die in crashes


Tim Slinger

Three die in crashes

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Mother’s Day celebrations ended on a sad note, with three men tragically losing their lives in two separate road accidents.
Just before midnight Sunday, two friends who lived opposite each other at Rosemont, Deacons, St Michael, died on the spot when the motorcycle they were riding slammed into a tree at Deacons Farm Road, St Michael.
Dead are Samuel Anderson Williams, 21, and pillion rider Jamal Jeffrey Johnson, 20.
Almost seven hours later, 44-year-old Anthony Lavere Walcott, of Lemon Arbor Village, St John, died on the spot in a four-vehicle accident along the ABC Highway, just opposite the playing field of Deighton Griffith Secondary School.
Walcott was the passenger in a truck driven by work colleague Everton Dottin.
The motorcycle tragedy hit the close-knit Rosemont community hard as some family members and close friends could be heard wailing as news of the two young men’s death spread.
Raising her hands to the heavens, Williams’ mother Deborah Williams spoke of hearing her son for the final time mere hours before he met his death.
“He was going through the door and he looked back and said, ‘Mum, I love you’,” she recalled with tears flowing down her cheeks.
Williams’ father Samuel Goodman, of Fairfield Road, St Michael, spoke of how he and his son were at his home listening to music less than 20 minutes before the fatal accident.
“I can’t believe it, but soon afterwards I got a telephone call telling me that Sammy just get killed,” Goodman said, nodding his head in disbelief.
Sammy was the only child of his parents.
At Johnson’s home, mother Angela Bascombe was overcome with grief. Her last memory of her son was of him valeting the family car on Sunday.
“He was changing the oil and cleaning it up and even said to me, ‘Mum, we have to put some good gas in the car’,” she remembered.
After her son left home, Bascombe went to bed but was awakened later by the distressing phone call from her son’s best friend John Wood.
“I answered the phone and John told me that Jamal got killed on the motorcycle,” she said.
Police, who are carrying out investigations, said they had not recovered the motorcycle from Sunday night’s fatal accident.
There have now been eight road deaths so far this year.

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