Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
It was a sad day. Kicked out of school for the remainder of the academic year, despite pleadings to the school administration, Jayvanney Hinds never gave up on the dream to become a better person.
But in his quest to advance himself through work, his life was needlessly snuffed out by a careless bus driver Monday morning in Richmond, near Priory in St Ann.
Now a grieving family is left to mourn the loss of a promising teen.
"My first son, knowing that he was going first time for a job and never come home back … ," Rosemarie Christie said, her words fading as she spoke of her son while awaiting attention at a private doctor's office in St Ann's Bay yesterday.
"He went to Marcus Garvey (Technical High School)," Christie, of Lime Hall, explained. "In Christmas, before school give holiday, three of them (students) was downstairs and somebody throw clappers in the classroom and the teacher suspend him, said him not to come back because him on boundary, so if him slip him slide. Even when Jayvanney ask him please, him seh no. Jayvanney even went for a police to talk for him."
Jayvanney finally went back to school. But only for a day, before he was turned out again. With his Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate subjects already paid for, he was told he should come back to sit his exams at the appropriate time.
Waiting to sit his exams later this year, the teen decided to seek a job to help himself, his mom and his little sister in high school.
"One of my nephews say, 'Auntie, mi a go carry him go look a job.' Mi seh, 'Alright, mi glad him come outta company, mi glad.' And mi hug up mi nephew and seh thanks.
"Him seh Monday morning him a go a Richmond."
On Monday, Jayvanney and three of his cousins went to Richmond Estate seeking employment. He was successful in his attempt. He should have started working the following day. But he never even made it back home to share the good news with his mother in person.
The police report stated that a passenger bus travelling from St Ann's Bay towards Runaway Bay went on the soft shoulder and hit four pedestrians. The four, along with a passenger in the bus, were taken to the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital. Jayvanney died.
"Him play cricket fi Kaiser, him play football fi Marcus, he was a dancer. Everybody know him," his mother reflected.
Jayvanney's little sister was at school in biology class when she heard the news. Shocked, she couldn't even speak and had to be taken out of class for treatment.
Family member, Gloria Palmer of Priory, whose grandson, Drandon Rose, was among the group of four, wept openly as she related the sequence of events to The Gleaner.
"Him (Drandon) call me Saturday and seh, 'Mama me a go look work dung a Richmond Monday morning." Immediately, the tears started to flow, but she continued to speak.
"Monday morning when mi get the call, him seh to me, 'Mama, run come now because car lick mi dung and Jayvanney dead!'
"Him seh when him get up an' see him cousin dem lying on the ground, him go ova dem, and him seh to mi, 'Mama, Jayvanney dead yuh nuh mama'."
Christie's sister, Merlyn, whose son, Rohan Walters, was among the four, summed up the feeling of the family, telling The Gleaner: "I can't explain it. Her son died. That is my son. He was in the accident. Another cousin is in the hospital and you have to call it another brother, he's in there too. Four of them, family, four cousins. Four of them, one died, so it's not like I can tell you how we feel. It's more than we can talk 'bout. And it's carelessness cause it."
Rohan and Drandon, two of the four who were hit down, declined to speak to The Gleaner as they waited to see the doctor. All around them, family members gathered, grieving. It was a sad day.