By Stanford Conway
A father and daughter died last Monday in St. Kitts and one man hospitalised following a traffic accident involving two cars on the island’s main road in Mansion Village.
Fifty-three-year-old Ebenezer Edmeade and his 21-year-old daughter Delsa of Saddlers Village lost their lives after the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with another while on their way home.
According to the police, on Monday, October 10, the accident occurred around 9:15 p.m. and involved motorcars PA4856, owned by Garfield Michael of Cayon and driven by Jerome Michael of the same address, and P775 owned and driven by Ebenezer Edmeade of Saddlers Village.
The vehicles were travelling in opposite direction when the accident occurred.
The police added that the senior Edmeade was pronounced dead at the scene, while his daughter was transported to the Joseph N France General Hospital where she succumbed to injuries the following morning.
Both vehicles were extensively damaged and Michael is a patient at the same medical institution undergoing treatment for his injuries.
Resident pathologist Dr. Rual Santiago performed autopsies of the bodies of the two deceased at the JNF General Hospital last Wednesday and found that the senior Edmeade’s death was due to a ruptured aorta – the great arterial trunk that carries blood from the heart to be distributed by branch arteries through the body, while his daughter’s death was due to a ruptured liver.
This is the seventh road fatality in the Federation for 2005 – six in St. Kitts and one in Nevis – one more than that of the previous year.
The bodies of the Edmeades will be laid to rest at the Saddlers’ Recreation Ground next Wednesday and, among those left to mourn their death are wife and mother Brenda, daughter and sister Dahlia and her brother Delvin.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Robert Jeffers said that plans were afoot to implement seatbelt laws in the Federation in an effort to minimise the number of injuries caused during vehicular accidents.