Accident hospitalizes boy and step-father

By Ketricia Finch

St. Kitts Reporter

A ten-year-old boy and his step-father are still hospitalised after being victims of a near fatal accident on Saturday morning at College Street Ghaut.

PA 89, driven by Leroy Powell of Newtown Ground crashed head on into a house on the left side of the ghaut (if travelling from south to north) as well as the boy and gentleman.

An official of the traffic department recounted to The Observer of what he observed when he got to the scene.

“The child had already been taken to the hospital when I got to the scene. The driver was okay. He did not report any injuries but still went to get inspection to make sure. No one else got injured besides the father and son.”

The officer said the child sustained a broken leg.

“People at the scene were saying they really need to do something about the ghaut because people seem to frequently be getting in accidents. They were saying they needed to do something about the drainage of the water. Nobody was pointing any fingers at the driver or anyone else in particular.”

According to the officer, PA 89 was not extensively damaged, just the front, the underneath and the tires.

An eyewitness present at the scene said the child’s leg appeared broken and there was a huge gash in the upper part of the leg. The person said the 10-year-old seemed to have other injuries including one at the back of his head.

The child was originally admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but was moved to the paediatric ward a few day later after his condition became stable. His step-father however was admitted to the surgical ward as his injuries were less severe.

Up to press time, there has been no charge against the driver of PA89. Police are still investigating the matter.