Central High student crushed by truck - father uses rum to soothe his sorrow

January 26, 2017
Romaine Richards


Clebert Richards, the father of the Central High student who was crushed to death by a truck Tuesday evening, says he still has not come to terms with the passing of his child.

"A di worst time fi mi, a pure rum me a drink. Mi caah stay home because a pure bawling," the father said.

Romaine Richards,17, better known as 'Nick', died from injuries he received after he was reportedly run over by a wrecker truck sometime after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Richards was reportedly riding his bicycle along Bucks Avenue, May Pen, Clarendon, when he held on to the wrecker truck. It is further theorised that he lost his grip and fell and was ran over by the heavy unit.

He was rushed to hospital where he later died.

The senior Richards told THE STAR Kerinth Campbell, principal of Romaine's old school, Foga High, and Vinroy Harrison, principal of Central High, have visited the family.

"All of them said he was a well-behaved child. A good pickney, good pickney is all them have to say," Clebert Richards said.

The father told THE STAR that he only retired from his job at the May Pen Hospital on Monday, and promised his son that "all di money mi ago get a fi him".

"He is a responsible young man because I could trust him with my bank card to do any business. But right now me no know wah fi do," the distraught father said.

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