Scott dies as MVP fraternity suffers second road death in six months

September 11, 2017
Usain Bolt on anchor receives the baton from Michael Campbell during the sprint relay heats at the IAAF World Championships in London, England, on Saturday, August 12.

THE MVP Track and Field Club fraternity suffered its second tragic death to the roads in less than six months yesterday morning.

According to a senior staff member of the University of Technology, former Petersfield graduate Jordan Scott and sprinter Michael Campbell were travelling in a car along Hope Road towards Papine, heading home from a party minutes after 4 o'clock on Sunday morning, when, in the vicinity of the TGIF restaurant, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which then collided into an electricity post. Scott died on the spot while Campbell, who was a member of Jamaica's 4x100 metre relay team at last month's World Championships, was rushed to hospital where he was recuperating.

In April of this year, former MVP athlete high jumper Germaine Mason died in a motorcycle crash along the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston.


Restart his career


It is understood that Scott, a former University of Technology student, was also a past student of Mannings High School and Petersfield High in Westmoreland. The athlete was said to be in training for some time but had stopped and had decided to restart his career this season.

"Hearing the news was very shocking as I am in disbelief," head coach of Petersfield High School, Machell Woolery, said.

"Jordan attended Mannings High for two years before going to Petersfield High then he returned to Manning to complete his final two years in sixth form," he added.

The coach described Scott as a jovial and hard-working individual who had represented Petersfield as a part of his 4x400 metres relay team at Western Championships and Penn Relays in 2014 and 2015.

Campbell is one of the most improved athletes out of high school. A former student of Jamaica College, Campbell ran the third leg of the preliminary round of the men's 4x100 metres relay at the recent London World Championships. Both athletes were very close friends.

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