JAMAICA – Joy turned sorrow
Four die in horrific crash going home after Tallawahs victory
KINGSTON – The joy that four Jamaicans experienced watching the Tallawahs beat the Barbados Tridents in a rain-delayed Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket match at Sabina Park in Kingston Wednesday night, turned to sorrow for their relatives when they died in a horrific crash on Dyke Road in Portmore, St Catherine, early Thursday morning.
Police named the victims as 47-year-old police Sergeant Dillon Davis, who was assigned to Central Police Station in Kingston; 29-year-old Tameka Davis of 3 East, Greater Portmore, St Catherine; 18-year-old Theo McKenzie of Greater Portmore, St Catherine; and a man known only as ‘Marvin’.
According to the Caymanas police, the crash occurred about 1:57 am.
McKenzie, the police said, was driving a Toyota Yaris with Tameka Davis, Marvin and another man as passengers when it collided with a Honda CR-V being driven by Sergeant Davis.
The police were summoned and on their arrival all the occupants of both vehicles were seen with multiple injuries.
They were taken to hospital where Sergeant Davis, McKenzie, Marvin, and Tameka Davis succumbed their injuries. The other man, whose identity the Jamaica Observer was unable to ascertain up to last night, has been admitted.
News of the tragedy was too much for Sergeant Davis’s colleagues.
Yesterday, they received counselling and support from Pastor Evan Mullings from the Full Life Deliverance Ministry, as well as Bishop Benjamin Brown and former Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) member Elder Herbert Clarke, both from Shiloh Apostolic Church.
The distraught policemen and women cried openly as they reflected on Sergeant Davis’s life. They described him as a role model and a mentor.
Constable Herman Duncan told the Observer that he last saw Davis minutes before he left for the cricket match.
Deputy Superintendent Maldria Jones-Williams remembered Sergeant Davis as a motivator, hard worker, and fearless crime fighter.
“He was a welfare person; he looked out for his members. He was a God-fearing person who was always praying and encouraging persons to pray and read their
Bible,” Jones-Williams said, adding that her departed colleague was a disciplinarian who, despite being a hard task master, got full support from his team members and others.
“He will be missed by all of Central,” she said. “He was one of those persons who the criminals feared. It is not just a loss for us, but for the division,” Jones-Williams said.
Davis, the Observer was told, served at Kingston Central Police Station for 22 of his 24 years in the JCF. When the
Observer visited the homes of the other deceased individuals their relatives were too distraught to speak.