By Ketricia Finch

St. Kitts Reporter

A Kittitian teen is dead after a car in which he was an occupant slammed into a tree on an Anguilla highway.

Sixteen-year-old Chezroy De Souza, originally from Old Road, was merely getting a ride home to collect a pair of athletic shoes.

Jennifer Bussue, a close relative of the victim, said she was devastated when she heard about the February 24, 2007 accident.

“”I felt funny to hear about the accident. Saturday I heard that he passed away when I came back home from work. I got the news from his father. Apparently his mother Patricia Desouza called his father and told him about it,” she said.

Bussue said from she was told Chezroy was returning home to get his track shoes to participate in his school’s annual sports day.

“He was always into his racing. When he lived here, he went to the Verchilds High School and was a great athlete. His friends from Verchilds called and said they were sorry to hear about what had happened,” Bussue told The Observer.

The teen had migrated to Anguilla to live with his mother who, along with his father and other siblings, are still grieving over their loss.

The driver of the car was seriously injured but is said to be hopitalised in stable condition.

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The funeral for Chezroy Desouza is set for Monday, March 5 in Anguilla.

In an unrelated accident, on that same day on the Kim Collin’s Highway in St. Kitts a car and a truck collided. The Nissan Sunny car, PA3115, is owned by the government of the Federation and was driven by Ian James of Challenger’s Village.

Sargeant Mills, senior official of the Traffic Department, said the incident occurred around 2:45 p.m.

The truck, PA3115, was owned by Jeweel Manners of Mattingley Heights and driven by Hanzel Manners of Stoney Grove, Nevis.

Mills said the driver of the car was injured and taken to the hospital.

He is being treated for head and chest injuries.