Sunday 31 May, 2020

Ministers plead for safe driving after fatal crash

Two government ministers are calling on parents to be tough on their children when they are driving on the country’s roads by explaining to them, among other things, that driving, if done in an irresponsible manner could be fatal.

The warnings come in the wake of last Saturday’s early morning crash on the Vide Boutielle Highway that killed 19-year-old Bradley Cyril and 18-year-old Brandon St. Omer.

According to police, the incident took place at about 12:30 am with Cyril at the wheel. Both teenagers are from the Beausejour area.

Police say that the motor car was heading southbound when it veered off the road and collided into a wall.

Youth Development Minister Fortuna Belrose said the two young men were outstanding citizens of the country and that government sympathized with their families.

She called on St. Lucians to exercise due caution and drive for the other persons on the street.

“We have a responsibility to do that every day,” she said, adding that motorists, especially young motorists must be cautious every day as they drive on the streets of the city.

“I do not have the facts of the situation (relating to the car crash) but the most we can do is implore those of us who are drivers and those young people inspiring to become drivers to drive with caution every time, not sometime,” Belrose said.

Home Affairs and National Security Minister Hermangild Francis said the deaths of the teenagers touched him.

“It has touched me immensely as one of them was a national footballer, an athlete. I understand how the parents are feeling at this time,” Francis said.

He said the two young men had a great future ahead of them. He called for parents to talk to their children when they are in charge of a vehicle.

Post-mortem examinations are scheduled for Tuesday.

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