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Canadian visitor dies after vehicle plunges into river in St Catherine

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2014 | 7:47 PM

Nadisha Hunter, Gleaner Writer

Sixty-year-old Luke Brown of Toronto, Canada came to the island last week to spend time with families and friends, but that was cut short today after his Suzuki Vitara plunged into the Natural Bridge in St Catherine.

The accident occurred about 9 a.m. after Brown went to a restaurant to purchase breakfast.

Janet Dunn, the restaurant owner said she was shaken by the incident, which happened mere seconds after Brown had enquired what was available for breakfast.

"He reversed to park behind another van so that he could get the food. When he was parking something happened but I don't know what because it happened so fast, when I look he was going back-way and he was steering the vehicle. Then I heard a loud explosion and that was it," she said.

The visitor's brother, Alexander Brown, said he was preparing to spend the next two days with Luke before he returns home.

Alexander said he was especially saddened, as his brother died a day after he cerebrating his birthday.

"He celebrated his birthday Wednesday and he was all over the place so he told me he would let me and him celebrate his birthday today," said Alexander.

"Me still can't believe, he was a good brother."

Eighteen-year-old Annagay Williams, Brown's goddaughter struggled to cope with the loss.

"He left in the morning and told me he would soon be home and this is the news I got," she said.

"He was the one who send me to school and he was the one I could speak to when I need advice," she said.

Luke's body was removed from the river by the Police, fire department officials and divers from the community.


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