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Cops mourn after colleague dies in crash

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 2:51 PM
Andrea Johnson - Contributed

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

Inspector of Police Andrea Johnson, who was the officer in charge of the Sandy Bay Police Station in Hanover, was killed this morning when the SUV she was driving plunged into the ravine which runs along the Long Hill main road in St James.

When The Gleaner contacted the Sandy Bay Police Station, a tearful officer advised that no one in authority was available to comment.

However, former police officer Craig Oates, the former sub-officer in charge at the Sandy Bay Police Station, told The Gleaner that the entire parish was in mourning as Johnson had an excellent relationship with residents.

"She was doing an excellent job and had earned the respect of the residents,” said Oates. “Hanover has lost an exemplary policewoman, who was doing the kind of job that would have made any man proud," Oates said.

Reports are that at approximately 8:30 a.m., Johnson, who was posted at the Sandy Bay Police Station just under a year ago, was driving her SUV towards Montego Bay when the vehicle plunged into the ravine.

"It dropped a good distance before settling in a crumpled heap near the bottom,” said an eyewitness. “Nobody could have survived a drop like that.”

Because of the steep incline where Johnson's SUV had plunged, it took the St James Fire Department several hours to reach her and the mangled vehicle.

Efforts were still being made to retrieve the body and the vehicle at 1 p.m.

Cops mourn after colleague dies in crash

In addition to being a popular policewoman, Johnson was also an exemplary athlete.

She ruled supreme as the undisputed female champion at the annual Area One Police Athletics Championship; and she was also an outstanding netballer, especially in Westmoreland, where she was once stationed.

“Andrea was unstoppable on the track for several years … she was female champion for four consecutive years,” said Maureen Hibbert, Johnson’s former netball teammate. “In her heyday, nobody in Area One could beat Andrea over the 100m, 200m and 400m," Hibbert said.


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