Dead no more - Man feared perish in Rio Cobre crash surface - Says he was driving vehicle


July 18, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer The Suzuki Vitara in which the eight people were travelling.

• Man feared perish in Rio Cobre crash surfaces

• Says he was driving vehicle

Police last night said that a seventh man who was feared dead in Saturday's tragic motor vehicle mishap in the Bog Walk gorge was the driver of the ill-fated vehicle.

Senior Superintendent Anthony Powell, head of the St Catherine North police, said the survivor, who turned up at the Spanish Town Police Station yesterday, confirmed that he was driving the Suzuki Vitara when it went over the Flat Bridge.

Stephen Ricketts, Benjamin Ellis, Shaveon Ricketts, Shujay Ricketts and Shantel Morris all of Commodore district, Linstead in St Catherine, and Oneil Robinson, all perished in the mishap. Earlier reports had said that Stephen Rickets was driving the vehicle when it plunged into the Rio Cobre.

foul play

Powell steered clear when asked if the police have ruled out foul play in the death of the six. "We have accounted for all the persons," he said. "At this point we are not able to say if we rule in or rule out anything."

Yesterday, when THE STAR visited Mount Zion Pentecostal Full Fellowship Church, where Stephen Rickets was the bishop, there were about 20 black-clad members in the congregation. The mood was sombre, candles were burning and the congregation sung What A Friend We Have in Jesus.

Across from the church, tears flowed freely for a man they loved and missed. "He was a good man and I am hurt by it. The man is a great person, when him come here everybody get something to drink," a teary-eyed Pamella Gordon-Thompson said.

"I knew him from him a 12 years old when he came from St Thomas, and we grow with him. He was kind, sometimes he would cook for all at the church. It is very sad to digest the news of his death," Jasmine Gordon, a cook for the church, said.

Barbara, another community member, had a different view of Ricketts. "Bwoy, dem sey him save a whole lot of persons, but he was a bit shady still, is a whole lot of stories about the Bishop, but him gone in a tragic way still," Barbara said.

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