Roy Sanford and Devon Evans, Gleaner Reporters
WINSTON ANGLIN, a former Jamaican national footballer, and four other men, were killed in a car crash on the Queen's Highway in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, yesterday morning.
The police said the other victims were St. James residents: Donald Findlayson, 36, of West Green, Montego Bay; Keith Roy Gentles, 42, of Mount Salem, Montego Bay; Alan Dexter, 36, of Paradise district, and Oneil Eccleston, 36, of White House. They were heading home after watching Jamaica's Football World Cup qualifying match against Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston.
The Constabulary Communication Network said that about 12:30, Mr. Eccles-ton was driving a Nissan Maxima motor car heading for Montego Bay, with the other four men as passengers.
On reaching a section of the Discovery Bay-to-Braco main road, the car got out of control. It ran into a ditch, flipped over and landed on its top on a large rock.
Anglin was flung from the vehicle and was taken to the St. Ann's Bay Hospital, 26 miles away, where he was pronounced dead, on arrival. The others were pronounced dead at the accident scene by Dr. Fray Pencle. The bodies were removed to a mortuary in Brown's Town.
The car wreck was taken to Discovery Bay where many friends and family members of the victims went to look at it.
Lindel Lawrence, owner of Auto Towing and Repossession Ltd. to whose premises the car was taken, said, "It seems as if these guys were celebrities because people have been coming from all over to look at the car and I saw several of them crying."
All five men played for the Hanover Masters' Football Club and some are known to have played for several teams including Wadadah and Seba United.
"It is a very sad day for the football community across Jamaica," said George Evans, 1st vice-president of the Jamaica Football Federation and president of the St. James Football Association. "I think it is going to touch people who don't even know them."
When The Gleaner visited the homes of the men yesterday, some family members were too distraught to speak. Others shared their memories of their loved ones.
A tearful Viola Davies, Findlayson's mother, said, "He was everything to me and now I feel down."
Veronica Gentles, sister-in-law of Keith Gentles, said that she spoke to him by phone on Saturday morning. "He said he was coming to look for me. When I heard he was dead this morning I could not stop crying."
She described Gentles as a "good youth" who always kept an eye out for his friends and family. "We are going to miss him dearly," she said, teary-eyed.
Idina Dowman, 64, Anglin's mother, said she never believed that her son was dead until another of her sons told her the tragic news. "Somebody told me 'Tweeny' dead but I never believe that," she said. "Then another son of mine came to tell me and it was then I said 'Tweeny dead, him gone.' And then I started crying."