Vendors recall harrowing hit-and-run accident
The three people who were hit by an out-of-control vehicle at a vendors’ stall in Six Roads, St. Philip last Wednesday, want the accident fully investigated and plan to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
They told Barbados TODAY they were contemplating whether they would need legal assistance to get justice, based on information that had been circulating about the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Police reported that a man was in custody after the hit-and-run accident. The driver reportedly lost control of the car and struck the stall at which two men were selling fruits and vegetables. Both men, along with a female farmer who was chatting with them, were hurt. The driver sped off after the accident, but was subsequently apprehended.
Each of the three spoke to Barbados TODAY at separate locations Tuesday. Ewart Goddard and Wayne Williams said although they attempted to run for their lives, they were still injured, and shuddered to think what could have happened had they not followed their instincts when they saw the vehicle heading in their direction.
Lying in bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she has been waiting since last Friday for surgery for a shoulder injury, Marcina Mottley said the vehicle struck the chair in which she was sitting, tossing her several yards.
The vegetable and poultry farmer said she thought she would have died when she landed and looked up to see the vehicle about two feet away from her.
“That happened so quickly. I saw the van in the road dancing and I was getting up to move, and before I could move the van was up top that banking and that is like about five feet from the road. That is a turbo-charge vehicle and it get up there so in a split second,” the 59-year-old woman said.
Mottley thanked the female doctor and male paramedic who rushed to her aid and kept her stable and settled for almost an hour until an ambulance arrived.
“They put me on like a table top and that man had to hold my neck for like half an hour in one position because they didn’t know if I had injuries to my back or not. He was on his knees for all that time. I don’t know what he name or where he come from, but they were in the area,” she recalled.
Goddard’s right foot was injured when a wooden object fell on it. But he was back in the same spot with a fresh set of produce selling to loyal customers who expressed concern about him being back out so soon. He said he had little choice but to return to vending as soon as possible, as it was his only means of making a living.
“I am alive and very thankful. We ain’t hear from no insurance or nobody.
“I thankful because it could have been worse. I could have been in the hospital with a broken foot or a broken hand, or even in the morgue,” Goddard, who uses crutches until he recovers, told Barbados TODAY, adding he has been selling in that spot for over two years and never imagined what took place last week was possible.
Meantime, Williams, a father of three, said he saw the vehicle sliding towards him so he decided to run for his life. “All of a sudden I just feel myself getting hit with objects and I don’t know what. I on the ground and I skating way. Then I find myself still getting pushed. When I look, the wheel was pushing my foot. It [vehicle] like it cut out, then all of a sudden he restart it and reverse and leave. I say ‘wait, he is a madman? Suppose my foot was still there?’ It happened just like that,” he recalled.
Williams said at the time of the impact, he was especially concerned about the whereabouts of Mottley because when he looked at the wrought iron chair in which she had been sitting, it was unrecognizable and she could not been seen.
“I couldn’t believe the speed that that get up there. I move and still get catch with my foot, so imagine if I had delayed just to see how it gine end up,” he said.
“Sometimes when you think about that it bring tears to your eyes because you realize that I could have just dead easy so,” Williams added, noting that he was yet to see the driver of the vehicle.
The vendors said they all lost produce and other items required for their work, as a result of the accident.