Second JDF soldier killed in crash in two weeks


March 24, 2016
Rasbert Turner The Honda Integra motor car that JDF soldier Ludaine Henry was driving. The car crashed along the Linstead bypass in St Catherine, killing the Henry on the spot.

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier, Lance Corporal Ludaine Henry, 34, yesterday became the second military man in two weeks to die on the nation's road.

Henry, who joined the JDF in 2005, died in a crash along the Linstead bypass in St Catherine.

Two weeks ago, Ricardo Palmer, who was attached to the Coast Guard, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash on the Linstead bypass in St Catherine.

Reacting to the death of Henry, the JDF told THE WEEKEND STAR that it lost a good soldier.

"Lance Corporal Henry was a good soldier. Diligent, punctual, and disciplined. He was on his way to work to take up his early morning duties when he met this untimely tragedy. He will be missed by his friends and colleagues across the force, and we send out our deepest condolences to his wife and family," the army said.

"The JDF itself is a very tight-knit band of soldiers. We view the families and next of kin of our soldiers as an extension of the force itself, and so we will be ensuring that Henry's family receives the emotional and physical support that they will need during this testing time of grief."


Henry was driving a Honda Integra motor car from his home in Harkers Hall, St Catherine, towards the JDF's base at Up Park Camp in Kingston when the accident occurred. The car he was driving crashed into the rear of a garbage compactor that was parked in an unlit section of the road. The top of the car was ripped off due to the impact, and fire personnel had to cut the soldier from the wreckage.

Alga Sutherland, Henry's mother, was grief-stricken when she turned up at the scene of the accident.

For Dwight Bruce, a resident of Harkers Hall, the death of the soldier appears unreal.

"Mi have a rum cream that him buy mi last night. Mi still have half in the fridge. It is a sad day for all of us," Bruce said.

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