Twenty-six-year-old Anna-Kaye Thompson was looking forward to starting her master's programme at the Northern Caribbean University come September of this year. That won't happen now, as her life came to an abrupt end yesterday in a motor-vehicle accident at the entrance to the Windalco Kirkvine Plant in Content, Manchester.
Twenty-two-year-old Kirk Dixon and 16-year-old Shauna-Kay Jenningson were also killed in the accident while two other persons were injured.
According to reports, Dixon was driving the vehicle in which all five were travelling when it got out of control and hit a concrete pillar. Three persons, including Thompson and Jenningson, were flung from the vehicle as it rolled over into a gully.
Thompson, who was assistant to former state minister and Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament Michael Stern, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies.
Stern remembered her as very reliable and having a promising future.
"She started working with me immediately after she left college and I can depend on her," Stern told The Gleaner yesterday. "She is very reliable and a very nice person to work with. I travel a lot and when I am away, I can rest assured that all my administrative work is taken care of."
He added: "She is a people person and persons speak very well of her. I have never heard anyone speaking ill of her. I was even recommending her to run in the recent local government elections for the North West Clarendon seat because she is liked by persons in the constituency and they love her a lot."
Tressane Thompson, Anna-Kaye's niece, was close to tears as she remembered her aunt. She told The Gleaner her aunt was very helpful and was always looking out for the interest of others.
"The family is in much grief right now. Her mother can't talk and everybody is just sad," she said.
G2K President Delano Seiveright also spoke highly of Thompson, describing her as an intelligent, hard-working and humble individual.
Thompson leaves behind her six-year-old son, close family and friends.
Yesterday, in addition to the three fatalities in the Content crash, two men died in an accident in Portmore, St Catherine, while a young woman was killed in a collision in Trelawny.
CAPTION: Police and fire personnel on the scene of an accident in the vicinity of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company's (JUTC) Portmore depot in St Catherine. The driver of the motor car, 51-year-old Emanuel Wallis, and his son, Christopher, 21, were killed after their vehicle was crushed by a JUTC bus. The incident was one of three fatal accidents yesterday which left at least six people dead. The other accidents took place in Content, Manchester, and in Trelawny. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer