Deadly walk

St James community shocked by 12th road fatality

When 48-year-old Anderson Dacosta Joseph left his home in Westmoreland, St James Sunday night for a short trip to Upper Carlton in the same parish, the furthest thing from his father, Sylvester Drakes’ mind was that Joseph would never make it back home.

After all, Joseph had made that journey countless times before to collect his five-year-old son Nazari from the mother’s home, and Sunday night was supposed to be no different.

However, what should have been a routine walk turned deadly, as Joseph was struck around 10 p.m. by a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Nicholii Greene of Carlton, St James, a stone’s throw away from his home. He died on the scene.

48-year-old Anderson Dacosta Joseph was struck around 10 p.m. by a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Nicholii Greene of Carlton, St James.

The child was transported to hospital by ambulance for medical treatment, and his condition remained unclear up to the time of publication.

“He was on his way home from collecting his son from across the road when it happened,” a distraught Drakes told Barbados TODAY, his efforts to remain busy with chores failed to mask the pain he was feeling.

“He was a real quiet and easy going man,” he added of his son, a truck driver at The Whim in St Peter.

Drakes’ shock at his son’s death reflected the sombre mood in the community, trying to come to grips with what could easily have been the loss of a father and son.

Even his brother, Patrick, with whom Joseph did not enjoy the best of relationships, found it difficult to make sense of it all.

Anderson Joseph’s brother Patrick Joseph.

“I was my own person, he was his own person; we don’t live together so. He used to do his own thing and I do my own thing.

“I’m not too sure about how my nephew is doing at the moment,” he said from the family home.

Just across the street from where Joseph met his death, his pals at the liming spot, Love Rock, were engaged in a game of cards.

Even then, their friend Ma Cool was the topic of discussion as they reminisced on the good times they had had together.   

“We used to call him Ma Cool because that’s just how he was – free and peaceful as a bird. So like the bird [parrot] macaw, we decided to call him Ma Cool,” Anthony Bovell told Barbados TODAY.

Anthony Bovell (second from right) and friends reminiscing on the good times they shared with Anderson Joseph.

Bovell attempted to remain upbeat – a reflection of the location – but he said they would miss Joseph at Love Rock.

It was only on Saturday that they shared a drink, he said.

“He was one of the founding members of Love Rock. In fact he was Love Rock. When I heard that he died this morning I felt really bad, that’s the truth. The last time I saw him was on Saturday by the corner and we had a beverage,” Bovell added.

Joseph’s death was the 12th road fatality for the year, two more than the total for all of last year.

11 Responses to Deadly walk

  1. Annette Atkinson
    Annette Atkinson March 7, 2017 at 5:31 am


  2. Richard smith March 7, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Very sad,God’s blessings b with his family,hope and pray to God that the something is ok

  3. Richard smith March 7, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Mean son

  4. BREWSTER March 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Hear that there is a March on March 11. Make sure that everyone makes an effort to take part. All those that usually make comments online, now is your time to participate. I am abroad but that does not mean that the troubles Barbados is facing does not affect me. 12 road fatalities at the beginning of the year, gun violence, crime rising, social and economic woes for the island. Take to the streets and show you are not going to lie down and accept the Governments silence. Everyday I pray for Barbados but even that does not seem to be enough. My heartfelt condolences to the family and the little boy who had to witness such a trajedy.

  5. Rebecca March 7, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The roads in Barbados are small people need to take their time and concentrate properly that they can react swiftly in case of someone crossing the road everybody`s in a hurry to go nowhere
    and there`s no regard for human life anymore they have got to be diligent ……

  6. Peter March 7, 2017 at 9:12 am

    BT reporter Davandra Babb. You should write a book. You are wasting your talent Hidden though it may seem. There is nothing You nor Barbados Today nor anyone for that matter, can do to bring back the dead man. Have you ever heard the words “Let it be?” You are only seeking to incite wrath on that young and seemingly inexperienced driver. He will never live without regrets. He too will need comfort and counseling. Your article is too long. I did not read it . I am having a cup of coffee.

  7. Helicopter(8P) March 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Peter the author of this article has to be exposed to styles of writing and reporting. There is time for improvement so be fair and partial. We shall not condemn the effort! On point I think that young Barbadians need not be selfish on the public roads and just remember they are others who would like to use the public highways just as much as they. Just think of the road as sharing a cup of tea, partaking of a bowl of pudding n’ souse or fish cakes. It would look very greedy that one partaker grabs the bowl off the table and walks out the door with it carrying with it all the Eclipse buiscuits

    • Peter March 7, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Hell Helicopter. You just make me feel hungry. But Barbados Today claims to be an entity with news that we can trust. Are you insinuating that their reporters are still in school or are not professional enough —– to be paid?

  8. Greengiant March 7, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Shame on you mate, so you are blaming the government for the irresponsible behavior of adults. Walking around with guns, bad road surfaces, reckless driving and the lot are the habits of anti – social people and not the fault of governments. Are they no such problems where you currently are? What are we to March for?

    Our problem is too many lawyers in our parliament doing little or nothing like they do in the legal profession. This is what we should be protesting. @ BREWSTER

  9. lester March 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Both motorist and pedestrian should be careful on our roads seeing the nonsense that is happening, there is a level of arrogance and pettyness being practiced when drivng, its sickening, ” i want to get in front ah he” ” get outta de road u driving too slow”‘ texting and driving wuh loss,
    The breaking of red lights is now many a motorist pass time both day and night, this dangerous practiced is catching on. Young and old alike are guilty of it, we need a change of culture first then driving would not be so disastrous after all.
    My condolences to the family of the gentleman and swift recovery for the little boy

  10. Brewster March 8, 2017 at 10:38 am

    My point was the opportunity to show numbers can make a difference. No show usually mean people are not bothered. By disrupting traffic and being vocal is the way forward to overthrow or challenge those in power. Thi gs will not get better by staying at home with a cuppa in your hand!


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