UPDATE-Four die in Graeme Hall crash

Family members have identified the body of 23-year-old Andre Jabarry Gittens, who was the driver of the motor car in which four young people — including three Vincentian teenaged girls — tragically lost their lives early this morning.

It was around 10 a.m. when Gittens’ mother visited the scene, but was immediately overcome with emotion and had to be rushed for medical attention.

Other family members were also visibly distraught as some wept openly, while one of Gittens’ relatives offered up prayers. However, they were simply too devastated to speak to the media about the tragedy.

Gittens was the driver of a white Mitsubishi Lancer which collided with a champagne coloured Toyota Noah taxi around 3 a.m. Sunday, resulting in the four deaths.

Three Vincentian females —  ages 17, 18 and 19 — also lost their lives in the fatal crash that has also left two Vincentian males — ages 18 and 21 — along with the 52-year-old taxi driver hospitalized. The 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.

The news of their death has  also come as a major shock for members of the Vincentian community.

Mark Padmore, the cousin of one the victims, spoke to Barbados TODAY at the scene.

The late Carianne Padmore

He described his deceased relative, 18-year-old Carianne Padmore, as quiet and soft spoken and not one to engage in any mischief.  Her internship at the Crane was in fulfilment of her ambition of becoming a chef.

However, her dream turned into a fatal nightmare last night, as the group of Vincentians decided to go partying ahead of their scheduled 9 a.m. departure this morning aboard a LIAT flight back home to Kingstown. Carianne’s mother is due to arrive here from St Vincent today.

In the meantime, lawmen are seeking to contact at least three other people who were reportedly travelling in the taxi at the time of the crash. However, those survivors apparently left the scene.

Police are therefore appealing to them and anyone else with information on the deadly collision to come forward.


55 Responses to UPDATE-Four die in Graeme Hall crash

  1. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small January 29, 2017 at 11:19 am

    God give all the family strength in the trying times

  2. Lynette Murrell
    Lynette Murrell January 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

    So very sorry for the lost of life, I pray for strength for all of the families

  3. Latifha Wilson
    Latifha Wilson January 29, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Mar Matthew

  4. Amanda Scott
    Amanda Scott January 29, 2017 at 11:26 am

    So sad

  5. Debbie De Rushe
    Debbie De Rushe January 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

    So very sad, condolences to the family and friends….RIP

  6. David Wyndoze
    David Wyndoze January 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

    How do we prevent this
    from happening again?

    • Judy Stanford
      Judy Stanford January 29, 2017 at 11:44 am

      first of all, find the cause..then slow down,,drive defensively, no drinking and driving..stop cell phone use,,lots of easy solutions to most accidents.

    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 29, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Accidents don’t just “happen”!
      They are CAUSED.

      • harry turnover January 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        Nonsense !!..an accident is an UNFORSEEN occurrence .NO person therefore can predict or cause an ACCIDENT .One can cause things to happen but it would NOT be an accident.

        • Gearbox1964 January 30, 2017 at 11:00 am

          Nonsense Harry!! It is still called an “accident” when the outcome of carelessness\negligence is UNINTENDED.

    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Also Turn Left when the sign says so

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Bring in breathalyzers, bring in speed cameras, until then sadly these deaths will continue, such a shocking waste of young lives

    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      No breathalysers in Barbados.
      If they were to be here, they would have been here twenty years ago.

      Barbados *chooses not to have* breathalysers!
      Too embarrassing.

      • miche January 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

        People like you should never be given opportunity to even breathe air that other people that pass out,,,, Tell me what would make you even want to mention breathalysers at this point,,, every accident is not alcohol related,,,,but..like so many others,,,,you may benefit from other peoples suffering,,,,,,Ok ,,you said something,,,, the teacher sees your hand ,,,now shut to hell up

  7. Cathy-ann Gill
    Cathy-ann Gill January 29, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Out there want lights

  8. Phia Cumberbatch
    Phia Cumberbatch January 29, 2017 at 11:41 am

    There is no lights on that stretch of road

    • harry turnover January 30, 2017 at 7:00 am

      The car has lights.From the pictures that I am seeing wasn’t the driver that got killed and the taxi going in the same direction with one trying to cross over in the others’ lane ?
      Don’t know who is was at fault ,but bad driving was the culprit here …not lack of lights.
      Some drivers think that on a two lane highway as long as you use your indicators to cross over to the other lane that you have the right of way

  9. Lora Moore
    Lora Moore January 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

    R.i.p Andre…… Condolences to the Gittens Family….

  10. Brewster January 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    RBPF and Ministry transport check Graeme Hall statistics for road fatalities in that is it the road or reckless driving? How many young people were packed in the car? Those travelling in the taxi. Go to the police it would help to solve this investigation. Sad to hear yet again more deaths on the road. Condolences to those involved.

  11. Taan Abed
    Taan Abed January 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    May their souls rest in peace

  12. Claude Carter
    Claude Carter January 29, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    R. I. P to all of those who lost their lives in this tragedy condolences to their friends & family.

  13. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I pray the parents get all the support at this tragic time. Sincere Condolences to all their Families and Friends. Rest In Peace.

  14. Horace Jordan
    Horace Jordan January 29, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Not far from my home……as the crow flies. My prayers are with the families of those young lives lost & the injured in this tragic event.

  15. Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn
    Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn January 29, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    So sad , RIP, prayers goes out to the family of the deceased, why would the people in the taxi leave the scene ?

    • Stclair Worrell January 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Nobody likes death…And such a gruesome form….Who can blame the taxi occupants??… I would probably do the same….Put urself in their place,, who knows….

  16. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim January 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Condolences to the families of those lost in this tragedy……

  17. Sandra Gollop Jackson
    Sandra Gollop Jackson January 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    So sorry to hear.May they all R.I.P

  18. Mack January 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    My condolaeces goes out to the family of those who lost their lives. Only earlier last week Mrs Roland Bowen was talking about road safety, The dictators at CBC shut her down. You continue your crusade Mrs Bowen you are on the right side, may God continue to guide and bless you.

  19. Fluffy Brokenbird
    Fluffy Brokenbird January 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Sally-Ann Peters

  20. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar January 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    This is extremely sad RIP

  21. Sophia Martindale
    Sophia Martindale January 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    My condolences to the Gittens family.

  22. Annette Seales
    Annette Seales January 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    condolences to all the families and friends dealing with this tragic event.

  23. greg Norville January 29, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    this is the reality of life, you may not know when your time will come.to me i am so sorry that they did not get the chance, to truly
    appreciate what this life has to offer .I hope in the other realm
    they will not be sad ( may the LORD be mercifull them)

  24. Everton Trotman January 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    This is a very sad day. We are losing too many of our young people. To the families and friends of these young people, I would like to express my deepest condolences.

  25. Lorraine Selman Gilkes
    Lorraine Selman Gilkes January 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Condolences to the family my heart goes out to them. I morn with them

  26. Stephanie Neblett
    Stephanie Neblett January 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    So sad R.I.P my darlings

  27. Dave James January 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    My sympathy to the families of those who suffered. Sometimes in cases of fatal accidents, there is a quick tendency to blame youths involved in driving. The pics which are shown though not clearly does not appear to show major damage to the front of the car. It appears as if the side is the point of impact. It would be nice to see some clearer or close up pics. Let have a clue of what possibly happened and not be quick to imagine youths at fault.

  28. Oats Walton
    Oats Walton January 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    God help all families in this time.

  29. Gail January 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    My concern is the racing on Sunday nights along Warrens and it goes all the way to Christ Chuch and sometimes their headlights are off. innocent drivers may not see them. My condolences to the families. What a pity. So young.

  30. Tamika doyle January 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Watch how my friend lost her life I still can’t believe
    My god

  31. Avril Phillips January 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    RIP Andre

  32. Jeannette Turk
    Jeannette Turk January 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    How sad for their families who were waiting to welcome them back home today. May God give them strength in their time of sorrow and to the family of the young man who also died.

  33. bobolee Popo January 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Sharon Woolley ..the polititions are sidetracted by persons who smoke cigerettes..
    not those who drink RUM !!!

  34. Evril Babb
    Evril Babb January 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    My condolences go out to their families.. I pray that you find comfort and rest in God at this time..

  35. jrsmith January 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Sad day again for many families , our roads in Barbados needs proper management , put the blame on our politicians…….

  36. Jai Babb January 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Everyone is free to their opinion but maybe you should wait until those who were actually there… share what actually happened… before jumping to conclusions. “Youth” does not in any way indicate “Drunk Driver”. This accident was truly a phenomenal one and did not involve speeding or driving drunk. There were members of The Crane at the scene, who up until now are still grieving and would pain at some of these comments. Andre was an angel… God simply called him home. Those interns were some of the sweetest. Angels at worst. Maybe one decision was made last night and by extension caused this accident but it certainly wasn’t something reckless or foolish… simply unfortunate. Quit pointing fingers! Band together and give these families the support they deserve.

  37. Clyde Thompson January 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Condolences go out to all of the families, but Bajan motorist has to slow down, they should drive like they work …. slow, very slow.

  38. Ch January 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Mr clyde Thompson are you one of them in your comment a..!

  39. Christie Anzee
    Christie Anzee January 29, 2017 at 7:16 pm


  40. Peter January 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Another tragic accident is waiting to happen on that stretch of road. Unless a Concrete curb is positioned at that point next to ther Prince Hall Masonic Lodge , Forcing all vehicles exiting that point in Graeme Hall Park to MUST TURN LEFT. and NOT make that illegal right turn on to the ABC / Highway 7 stretch of road.
    Also the overhead lights on that stretch of road needs to be switched back on.

  41. Alexis Paul
    Alexis Paul January 29, 2017 at 8:18 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 . How ever i understand the nature of the situation you see were that bus stop is need lights from were the two people standing right down to top rock gas station

  42. Richard Arjoon
    Richard Arjoon January 29, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Speed Thrills Kills..May they RIP.

  43. Shanice January 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Yet Again We Lose More College Students Sigh, Such Great Lives Gone With Only Memories To Look Back On. RIP To You Girls & To Andre As Well. My Condolences To All The Families & A Speedy Recovery To The Others. We Mourn Together Her In SVG, Another Tragic Day

  44. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie January 30, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Very sad … Heart breaking

  45. Melvin Skeete January 30, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    My condolences. This is going to be a nightmare for the parents/family of those who lost their lives. They lost their loves ones and the insurance companies going to fight this tooth and nail due to the car carrying six passenger when it may be insured to carry five. So sad.


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