Fatal stop

Retired watchman dies crossing the road

Sixty-eight-year-old Wilton McAndrew Brathwaite was reportedly rushing to catch a bus into the City on Wednesday night when he met his untimely death.

It was around 10:20 p.m. and Brathwaite had just concluded another enjoyable night out with family and friends in his old neighbourhood of Harmony Lodge, St Martins St Philip and was heading home to

Suttle Street, St Michael when the unthinkable happened.

One woman, who witnessed the tragic accident from her vantage point at the nearby Jumbo’s Bar, which was one of the last places Brathwaite visited that night, said the horrific images of his final moments alive were now permanently etched in her mind.

The St Martins, St Philip intersection where 68-year-old Wilton McAndrew Brathwaite (inset) lost his life.

“After seeing it, you keep seeing it all the time. When you sleeping every time you turn, you keep seeing him there laying down on the ground, so it is a bit hard for those who saw what happened,” the eyewitness, who did not want to identified by name, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

She said the entire neighbourhood was deeply saddened over how Brathwaite’s life ended.

“He was a fun person, he liked a lot making sport, teasing everyone and making them happy,” she recalled.

Brathwaite’s 64-year-old sister Delores Harewood was equally caught off guard by the tragedy. In fact, she recalled seeing him alive just a few hours earlier in the community where they both grew up and which she still calls home.

“Somebody wake me up and tell me he got hit by a minibus, so when I went across [to the scene] I saw him there sprawl out in the road. I stood out there until the ambulance came and I called his daughter so his daughter could meet him by the hospital,” Harewood said.

She described the retired watchman at the Hilda Skeene Primary School as a devoted family man, who was also quite generous.

“He would come here if I want anything do . . . [and] he would for it for me. He would come up here, I would cook, give him food, he would spend the day up here and then he would go back [home],” Harewood explained.

The eldest of six siblings, Brathwaite’s death has taken his entire family by surprise, including his 25-year-old daughter Jhakira Massiah who was with him when he took his last breath on Thursday around 12:10 a.m. at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Between tears today, Massiah told Barbados TODAY said she had a sick sense on Wednesday that something bad was going to happen.

“I didn’t know who it was going to happen to, but something was bothering me the whole day, only to hear at 10:30 in the night that my father got in an accident.

“He died Thursday morning and I have been crying since Wednesday night when I got the call,” Massiah revealed, while describing her father as a beacon in her life and that of her one-year-old daughter Jzariah.

With his passing, Massiah said she felt as if the better part of her was permanently gone.

“It is like the better half of me gone,” she said, as tears streamed down her face.

His death death brings to 19 the number of deaths on the island’s roads so far this year, compared to ten for all of last year.

katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb.

15 Responses to Fatal stop

  1. Sharon Ward
    Sharon Ward September 22, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    May he R.I.P

    Reply
  2. Jean Worrell
    Jean Worrell September 23, 2017 at 12:01 am

    May he RIP

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  3. Sophia Sobers Ifill
    Sophia Sobers Ifill September 23, 2017 at 12:11 am

    R. I. P

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  4. Patranell Callender
    Patranell Callender September 23, 2017 at 12:12 am

    R.I.P

    Reply
  5. Christina Morris
    Christina Morris September 23, 2017 at 12:25 am

    My condolences to the family.May he R I P.So sad.

    Reply
  6. Aquarius Feb
    Aquarius Feb September 23, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Condolences to daughter and family

    Reply
  7. Marva Layne
    Marva Layne September 23, 2017 at 1:04 am

    May he RIP

    Reply
  8. Linley Griffith
    Linley Griffith September 23, 2017 at 1:06 am

    R.I.P

    Reply
  9. Dorrel Haynes
    Dorrel Haynes September 23, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Sad!!! RIP

    Reply
  10. Rosan Als
    Rosan Als September 23, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Rip

    Reply
  11. Nikky Daisley
    Nikky Daisley September 23, 2017 at 7:41 am

    May he rest in peace condolences to his daughter an family

    Reply
  12. Vashti Brathwaite
    Vashti Brathwaite September 23, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I knew him when I was a child ,always a quiet individual. May he rest peacefully.

    Reply
  13. Karen Bentley September 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

    God bless u and ur family ❤

    Reply
  14. Nyron Johnson
    Nyron Johnson September 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

    My condolences to the family!

    Reply
  15. Grace September 24, 2017 at 8:51 am

    May he rest in Peace. AT least he died happy and full.

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