Protest in St James over death of 11-year-old

May 10, 2022
Photo by Ashley Anguin

Residents of the Gutters community in St James are currently protesting the death of 11-year-old Jason Bryan, who died yesterday after he was hit by a motor vehicle on his way home from a shop last weekend.

The protesters, who blocked roadways as early as 8:00 a.m., are calling for measures to be put in place to prevent a repeat of similar tragic circumstances.

According to reports, on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Bryan was sent to a nearby shop to purchase items and was hit by a car while on his way back home.

The driver of the vehicle took Jason to hospital, where he died the following day.

“From I been living here, speeding is a problem. We are asking for something in the road, just to slow down the speeding, and we are begging for a sign down there to say ‘slow down zone,’” one resident told The Star.

Councillor Michael Troupe, the St James Municipal Corporation’s councillor for the Granville Division, said he would be seeking to have speed bumps or other measures installed in the area.

“It cannot be that every three months you have motorists driving at such a speed and causing mayhem in this community. Something has to be done,” Troupe lamented.

Meanwhile, the residents have sworn that they will repeat their protest if their concerns are not quickly addressed and resolved.

-Ashley Anguin

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