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Death shocks family

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

Death shocks family

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A ST MICHAEL FAMILY is today struggling to come to grips with the sudden loss of a loved one.

Yesterday morning, 52-year-old Ricardo Stuart succumbed to injuries he received when he was involved in a collision with a motorcycle ridden by 29-year-old policeman Renaldo Goodman, while crossing the ABC Highway
at Mount Friendship, St Michael, at five minutes to midnight on Saturday.

The father of one’s death was the 16th on the roads for the year and the fifth since last Thursday’s General Election.

With the father of one passing before his family even had time to fully absorb the situation, many of them were left searching for answers yesterday when the DAILY NATION visited his residence in Lower Burney, St Michael.

“Everybody’s still in shock. I spoke to the man up to yesterday! Last night before he left home, my mother told him don’t leave home,” Ricardo’s brother Curtis Stuart said.

“He said, ‘Man, I going and play dominoes and come back . . . ,” he added.

Curtis said he got a call yesterday morning saying his brother had been involved in an accident, and another later telling the family to come to the hospital. Police said Ricardo died at 11:10 a.m.

With his mother too distraught to talk, Curtis said his brother often made that trek to The Pine to play dominoes with friends.

According to police reports, Goodman was travelling from Pine Hill towards the JTC Ramsay Circle (commonly called the Bussa Roundabout) when he came to the traffic lights and zebra crossing from St Barnabas to Mount Friendship.

Police said there was a car stationary in each lane at the stoplights while Stuart was crossing the road. The collision then occurred.

The motorcycle then mounted the jersey barrier and ended up on the other side of the highway.

Goodman remained hospitalised yesterday.

Both Curtis and Ricardo’s niece Stacy Stuart described their relative as a family
man who made time for those he loved.

Curtis said he cooked food for their mother, cleared the bush around the house and lately, picked up a green thumb by starting a backyard garden.

Police investigations are continuing. (AD)