Motor vehicle tragedy leaves family without breadwinner
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:FAMILY MEMBERS of a taxi operator who died in a traffic accident along the Falmouth bypass in Trelawny early Friday morning are struggling to come to grips with the reality of losing a loved one and breadwinner.
Four other persons involved in the accident did not survive the sudden tragedy.
Forty-four-year-old Fitzroy Hawthorne of Kinloss district in the parish was one of five persons who died after the Toyota Caldina they were travelling in crashed along the highway about 1:15 a.m. on Friday.
"He was a very good person, hard-working, caring, sharing - everything that is good," recounted Hawthorne's girlfriend, Hortense Gillespie. "He was the main provider for us. I don't have a clue what's next now," she said.
Gillespie recalled that the evening before Hawthorne's death, he was called on to provide taxi services for a person who he always transported from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios.
"They called him yesterday to pick her (the client) up around 5 p.m because she said she had a meeting in Ocho Rios, and she wanted to reach there. He carried the person, but I don't know what happened after," she told The Gleaner.
raised him from childhood
Gloria Hawthorne, the deceased man's stepmother, said that she had raised him from childhood.
"I raised him, and him call me mummy. Him look on his birth mother and say, 'You bring me here, but is she raise me'," Hawthorne recalled with a small smile.
"It (his death) shock up everybody."
Police reports are that a Nissan Frontier motor car overtook a Toyota Hiace minibus and collided with the car that Hawthorne was driving which was heading in the opposite direction towards Ocho Rios.
The other crash victims are 21-year-old Roary McKenzie of a St Catherine address, 23-year-old Odaine Mullings of St Elizabeth, and Maria Johnson, 47, of Discovery Bay in St Ann, and her 25-year-old daughter Alicia Hosey of Brown's Town, St Ann.
Two other persons were admitted in serious condition, and several tourists travelling on the minibus were also injured.