It’s a terrible tragedy, says Gonsalves

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has expressed “profound sadness” over the death of four young people, including a Barbadian and three Vincentians, who lost their lives in a two-vehicle crash which occurred along the Graeme Hall section of the ABC highway here early this morning.

The three Vincentian victims of this morning’s fatal crash. From left, 19-year-old Aziza Awanna Dennie, 18-year-old Carianne Lee-New Padmore and 17-year-old Danee Deverey Horne.

“It is a period of real sadness. It is terrible when anyone dies in an accident, but it is absolutely devastating when it is a young person,” he said in a telephone conversation with Barbados TODAY just before noon Sunday.

However, the prime minister said he was alerted very early this morning to the  3 a.m. tragic accident, which has also left two young Vincentian males hospitalized with injuries.

“Immediately I got in touch with the parents — I spoke to three of them,”  Gonsalves said, while pointing out that one of the survivors was the son of one of his constituents.

“His father is from my constituency I know the family very well . . . so I was in touch with that family,” the prime minister said, adding that they were understandably distraught.

The late Andre Jabarry Gittens

The accident, involving a white Mitsubishi Lancer and a champagne coloured Toyota Noah taxi, claimed the life of 23-year-old Andre Jabarry Gittens of River Land, St Philip, who was the driver of the Lancer vehicle.

Four of the six passengers in this vehicle died.
The driver of this taxi and his passengers all cheated death.

Three female Vincentian passengers — 17-year-old Danee Deverey Horne, 18-year-old Carianne Lee-New Padmore and 19-year-old Aziza Awanna Dennie — also perished in the crash. However, the two Vincentian males —18-year-old Darren Renaldo Daniel and 21-year-old Kemelius Boyea — narrowly escaped death.

They were however transported by ambulance to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), along with the taxi driver, 52-year-old Curtis Rock of Belleplaine, St Andrew. Daniel complained of soft tissue injuries, Boyea of pain to the stomach and Rock of pain to his right hip.

These images were posted on the Facebook page of one of the victims earlier today.

Police also say one of Rock’s passengers, 21-year-old Kamillia Hunte of Pot House St John, received a laceration over her eye and was taken by private transportation to the QEH  for medical attention. However, they are yet to confirm the names of the other two female passengers in the taxi, who reportedly left the scene in private motor vehicles to seek medical attention.

Today, Gonsalves, who admitted to being personally “thrown off” by the accident, also took the time to convey to all the Barbadian families affected by the tragedy his “love and regard”.

The family of 23-year-old Andre Jabarry Gittens leaving the tragic scene this morning.

As for the Vincentian victims, Gonsalves said a process had already been set in train at a very senior level of his government to ensure that all the necessary arrangements were put in place to facilitate both them and their families at this most difficult time.

One of the three Vincentian victims – the late Carianne Padmore

The three dead girls were part of a seven-member group who were here since last December for an internship programme at the Crane Resort, St Philip and were due to depart the island this morning.

However, instead of welcoming her daughter home with open arms this morning, Carianne’s mother was forced to immediately catch a plane for Bridgetown to identify her daughter’s remains.

The Deputy Dean of the Division of Technical and Vocational Studies at the Community College Janelle Allen also arrived here this morning to lend a helping hand.

“We have made all of the arrangements to contact the counsellors, the people who are involved in this business of holding people’s hands and caring for them at times of bereavement or tragedy,” Gonsalves told Barbados TODAY.

He explained that in addition to the families that were directly affected, there were Vincentian students attached to the Crane who would be in need of psychological and other support.

“We are doing our best to hold it together, but it is a terrible tragedy,” he said.


52 Responses to It’s a terrible tragedy, says Gonsalves

  1. Beverly Gerber
    Beverly Gerber January 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm


  2. Lana Richards
    Lana Richards January 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm


  3. Eslyn Jones
    Eslyn Jones January 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Rip gone to soon

  4. Maria January 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    We have to make sure that our young ones are following road rules. Didn’t we have another one of these mass deaths with teenagers about a year ago? Pray for peace for their loved ones.

  5. Mika Brown
    Mika Brown January 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Rip so sad heart goes out for the families

  6. Odelle Ann
    Odelle Ann January 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm


  7. Heather Prettyface Stephens
    Heather Prettyface Stephens January 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Condolences to the family and friends, may their souls RIP.

  8. Anne Forde
    Anne Forde January 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm


  9. Lisa Johnson
    Lisa Johnson January 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm


  10. Joan Lynch Blades
    Joan Lynch Blades January 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Condolences to the family may their souls rest in peace.

  11. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe January 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Praying for these families

  12. Leta Deguillard
    Leta Deguillard January 29, 2017 at 5:10 pm


  13. Kelvin Pompey January 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This is tragic. My condolences to the family and friends.

  14. Lucinda Pixar
    Lucinda Pixar January 29, 2017 at 5:28 pm


  15. sammy January 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    my heart goes out to the famlies

  16. Heather Hackett
    Heather Hackett January 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Condolences to families

  17. Keiandra Rudder
    Keiandra Rudder January 29, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Betty Rudder

  18. Natasha stowe January 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    R.i.p so sad my condolence to the familes and friends

  19. Angela Greenidge-Rock
    Angela Greenidge-Rock January 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    This is is so sad. My heart aches for these family. May their tender souls RIP. May our Jehovah comfort these mourning families.

  20. Janine Roach
    Janine Roach January 29, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Devastating! Condolences to the family and friends of the victims…….May they rest in peace.

  21. Teresa Phillips
    Teresa Phillips January 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Very sad xx

  22. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor January 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Gone too soon sympathy to the vincentians praying for you and family.

  23. David Beckles
    David Beckles January 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Death to early for the young ladies condolences to families

  24. Veda January 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    My condolences to the entire families. RIP

  25. Peter January 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    This tragic loss of lives may have well been avoided had the lights on that stretch of road been turned on. The poles and llamps are there. They were working but for energy saving reasons I presumed, are turned OFF. Despite several requests to the Parlimentary representative for that Christ Church area . A stretch of road used by tourists who come down every year and stay in that area, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE.

  26. Alexis Paul
    Alexis Paul January 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    no one is never prepare for such tragic death blessed are those who morn and the shall be comforted my sincere condolence to the family .

  27. Suzette Grant Edwards
    Suzette Grant Edwards January 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    May their soul Rest In Peace

  28. Marva Mayers
    Marva Mayers January 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Condolences to all the families affected

  29. Ann Husbands
    Ann Husbands January 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    So sad
    May their souls rest in peace
    Praying for family and friends.

  30. Philippa Joseph
    Philippa Joseph January 29, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Rest in peace little angles

  31. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price January 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Condolences to family and friends. May God comfort them in these difficult time. May their souls rest in peace

  32. Thomas Will January 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Such a tragedy. Dre was a pleasant young man who had a glowing smile. The Crane will miss him. Condolences to the families of all of the young people who were lost.

  33. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse January 29, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Very sad…toooo sympathy to their families n friends

  34. V. NICHOLLS January 29, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    to the family and friends my sympathy may the family find comfort in god hands there are in a better place no pain no more food it hurst to see so young and most of all to see your children at this age when they can give u a cup of weater that is the time god say home sweet home to the mother and father sister brother cry out loud but dont question god he has a perpores for those lovely ladies i am so so sorry R.I.P.

  35. J NICHOLLS January 29, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    lovely ladies i am so so sorry R.I.P.

  36. Abiola Yearwood
    Abiola Yearwood January 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family of those young people .
    Gone too soon

  37. Donna Clarke
    Donna Clarke January 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Tragic. Rest in peace.

  38. Ross Rich
    Ross Rich January 30, 2017 at 2:54 am


  39. Swink January 30, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. May they rest in peace and rise in glory with the saints.

  40. Adonna Stone
    Adonna Stone January 30, 2017 at 5:52 am

    My condolences to the family

  41. Margaret Green January 30, 2017 at 7:04 am

    It is very hard and tragic at this time but God is in control.
    My condolences to all the families who is hurting at this
    Of pain. RIP angels.

  42. Margaret Green January 30, 2017 at 7:10 am

    It is very hard and tragic at this time but God is in control.
    My condolences to all the families who is hurting at this time
    Of pain. RIP angels.

  43. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens January 30, 2017 at 8:04 am

    We all have to die but it’s the way and age people are dieing. Condolences to the families of these young people. May they RIP.

  44. Christopher Harvey
    Christopher Harvey January 30, 2017 at 8:37 am


  45. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt January 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Extremly . This is not what no one wanted to wake up hearing. I share your grief

  46. Dominique Williams
    Dominique Williams January 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Condolences to the families rip

  47. Esther Frankkyn
    Esther Frankkyn January 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Heartbreaking, really sad

  48. North Point January 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Condolences to all the families and friends connected the four deceased, may their souls rest in peace (RIP). we as parents are never prepared to bury our kids. its heart wrenching.

  49. Debera January 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    OMG,again after one year with those four Barbadian girls,please please people be more careful,& please put the lights on that strength of highway it is so sad (RIP) young angels.

  50. Cynthia and Prince Straker January 30, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Our condolences go out to the families, friends and the Barbadian and and st vincent nations.

  51. Victor Hunte January 30, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    My deepest condolences to the families and friends for their loss
    I pray that god rest their souls in eternal peace

  52. Daff June 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    No one is mentioning that Curtis Rock came out of the gap and made an illegal right turn into the highway and kill those children it not the children’s fault someone broke the law and it’s not the children.


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