Monday 21 October, 2019

Outpouring of grief after fatal accident claims young cricketer

St Lucia has lost another promising young man to a tragic road accident.

Two weeks after the deaths of national footballer and track athlete Bradley Cyril, who died alongside SALCC classmate Brandon St Omer in a crash, comes the death of U-17 national cricketer Nick Elibox, who died in a fatal early morning accident on Sunday in Gros Islet.

Elibox was remembered by many on social media.

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The Soufriere Pitons posted yesterday, "sad to announce that one of our team players NICK ELIBOX has passed away this early morning in a car accident,Thank you for your commitment and what you brought to our team, you will be missed, RIP NICK."

Parliamentary Representative for Dennery North Shawn Edward posted, "National cricketer Nick Elibox died earlier this morning... How much more cruel can death be than to snatch such a young vibrant and blooming talent from us at such a young age? His passing is a loss for the entire sports fraternity for his aura and personality transcended more than just the national cricket family! A model young man who carried himself well and represented schools, clubs and country with absolute distinction! What a loss!... Rest in peace Nick..."

A family member posted, "I can't explain but out of all my cousins, Nick Elibox was so very dear to me, i had so much love for this kid, I was there the day he was born, we grew up under the same roof, I called him my son, I babysitted him, watched him grow. You have made me so proud, I saw so much potential in this kid, made so many plans with him for his future. Just didn't think life was going to end so soon.. it hurts so bad.

I am so glad that I got to spend some quality time with you yesterday. I just never thought it was gonna be our last. Nickilicks, I love you and will forever cherish and treasure you as my own. Words cannot express the loss that I feel. Rest in perfect peace my son."

A friend posted, " Words can't describe the heart break our family feel today to lose an adopted brother and my best friend kills us. Ain't ever gonna be anyone like you mate. Very lucky to of had you as my best friend and nobody will ever fill that huge gap left in my life. Fly high brother for the gods are watching. You watch down on your two brothers we will make you proud. You live on in our hearts. RIP , Love you forever and always big man ❤️❤️✝️"

The RSPLF issued a release on the young man's death: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Nick Elibox, as a result of a vehicular accident which occurred on Sunday February 4, 2018, about 2:30 a.m. on La Retraite Road in Gros Islet.

Nick Elibox, a nineteen (19) year old resident of Bexon, Castries was the driver of motor vehicle registration number PE8350 which veered off the road colliding with an earth embankment. He was transported to the Victoria Hospital via ambulance where he succumbed due to his injuries about 3:00am on Sunday February 4, 2018.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for Tuesday February 6, 2018.

Four other occupants of the said vehicle sustained minor injuries during the incident.

This was the fifth (5) road fatality recorded for the year 2018.

Investigations are continuing into this matter.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force wishes to extend condolences to the bereaved families and friends."

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