Another deadly Easter weekend

A motorcycle accident at the Rodney Bay marina left one man dead.

Emergency services were kept busy over the long Easter weekend responding to several major incidents that claimed at least three lives.
The incidents began on Thursday last week with the death of Matthew Moses of Ti Morne, Union who succumbed to injuries sustained from a vehicular accident along the Choc Highway. At about 2:48pm, reports indicated that 35-year -old Moses was driving in the direction of Castries when his pick-up, collided head on with a median near Sandals Halcyon.
The driver of the said vehicle was taken to Victoria Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. According to the Press Relations Officer of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), an autopsy is scheduled to be performed on the body to determine a cause of death.
The busy weekend continued with the stabbing death of 43-year-old Edison Frederick of La Ressource, Vieux-Fort. Reports reaching the STAR indicated that Frederick was stabbed during an altercation at about 4:00pm on Saturday 7th April, 2012 at Hope Estate, Grace.
It is reported that Frederick was involved in an argument with a man of Grace, Vieux Fort. A struggle ensued between the two and Frederick was stabbed in the neck region of his body. He was then taken to the St Jude’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. One man is presently in police custody in connection with this incident.
Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding another major accident the left one man dead. The accident occurred along the Rodney Bay road at about 1:05am on Sunday 8th April 2012.
According to the Press Relations officer of the RSLPF, an SUV, driven by a man of Beausejour, Gros Islet was travelling on the Gros Islet road and attempted a right turn into Bella Rosa Road when it came into contact with a motorcycle.                 The motorcycle was driven by Michiel Denny Jules of Garrand, Babonneau. Jules was travelling in the opposite direction. He was then taken to the Victoria Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on the body to determine the cause of death.
On Monday 9th April 2012 about 6:55pm the Fire Department responded to a house fire at Massade, Gros Islet. According to preliminary reports, a 16ft by 22ft pitched pine house located at Massade, Gros Islet was completely destroyed by fire. The house was owned by Steven Norbal of Grande Riviere, Dennery but was occupied by Joaniah Peter of Massade, Gros Islet. No one was hurt or injured in the fire. The house was said to be valued at approximately $60,000. Investigations in the matter are still ongoing as the cause of the fire is still undetermined.
In the last few years, Easter celebrations have brought with it major road fatalities causing much concern for the police and fire department.
With Jazz and Carnival still to come, police are asking all St Lucians to take all the necessary defensive driving precautions when commuting along the roads in St Lucia. Meanwhile, police are continuing efforts to eradicate the illegal planting of Marijuana in remote parts of St Lucia. On Thursday 5th April 2012, officers attached to the Special Services Unit of the RSLPF conducted an eradication exercise on two separate marijuana fields at Canaries.
On the first field a total of approximately 1279 plants were destroyed and 16,722 on the other. In total approximately 17,601 grown marijuana plants were destroyed in addition to seven buckets of dry Marijuana and one
bucket of seedling. No one was arrested during the operation.

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