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20 year old believes strong work ethic caused him to still be alive today
By Clifford Stanley
Twenty-year-old Carlon Semple of Hopetown Village West Coast Berbice believes that his strong work ethic is responsible for him being alive today.
Just before mid-night last night Semple had been invited by his three bosom friends Jamal, Jashaun and Linden, to go on a drive to 42 Village West Coast Berbice to attend a social there but he declined.
Semple, a construction worker said: “I told them that I had to go to work today . I told them that I had to work at heights and I wanted to get a rest since I had to work heights,” he said.
The twenty year old is grateful for that decision.
“They were in the car that went up in flames If I had gone with them I would have been dead too. He added: “we were all very very good friends. We did construction work together. I will miss them..”
His three friends Jamal Lynch 22 of 26 Hopetown WCB, Linden MacFarlane 23 of Bel Air WCB and Jashaun Saul 19 of Bel Air WCB were occupants of the AT 192 Carina which was completely destroyed by fire caused by the impact of the accident.
“We does work together. We does always move together but this was not so this time ,” he said sadly.
Mrs Marva Saul the mother of nineteen year old Jaushan said that the teenager had left home to attend a Bar B Q in Hopetown and had as was usual liming and moving with his two friends with whom he eventually died.
“Jashaun was unemployed but the two boys he died with were well behaved boys both of whom were construction workers,” she said.
Mother of Jamal Mrs Donna Lynch a retired Police officer said he was a well behaved and fully supportive son.
“He worked hard, He was full of fun I still cannot yet fully believe that he is no more,” she said.
Meanwhile, Susan Blair sister of the deceased Gary Blair who was the driver of the X-Trail said that he was a father of three adults who lived in the City and had been on his way home from Berbice at the time of the fatal accident.
“He visited me here in Hopetown hours before but I cant say when he actually left to go back down,” she said.
She said that Blair had been a loving and supportive brother who lived in Georgetown and would visit her at Hopetown from time to time and give her some sort of assistance or the other.”
Tussant Chesney a close friend of the three deceased from the burnt motorcar and a barber said that Lynch would have been celebrating his birthday today.
“I was his barber. I offered to give him a haircut yesterday; sort of shine him up for today. But he said nah keep it till tomorrow (today) then I want you to give me a real classy haircut he said.
Chesney said that Lynch was always jovial young man .
He said that friends had agreed to continue with the planned birthday celebration.
“Even though he isn’t here we will still celebrate his birthday. Knowing him this is what he would have want us to do,” Chesney said.”
Five males and one female were killed in the three vehicle crash on the Ross Village Public Road West Coast Berbice this morning around 0400 hrs which saw one vehicle bursting into flames on impact.
Confirmed dead are . Joel Jacob 29 of Sophia,. Jamal Lynch 22 of 26 Hopetown WCB.
Linden MacFarlane 23 of Bel Air WCB. . Jashaun Saul 20 of Bel Air WCB and Gary Blair age and address yet to be ascertained.
The deceased female has been identified as Keanna Dow age not yet determined of Belladrum Village West Coast Berbice.
Meanwhile Police reported that the vehicles involved were motorcar # PNN 3536 driven by Lindon McFarlane age 23 years of Lot 102 # 22 Belair West Coast Berbice, motorcar # PYY 4293 owned and driven by Gary Blair age 44 years of Lot 661 Section D Turkeyen Georgetown, and motorcar # PWW 208 driven by Akeem Solomon age 30 years of Lot 30 # 4 Village West Coast Berbice
They said that motorcar # PYY 4293 and PWW 208 were proceeding west along the southern side of the road at a fast rate of speed, and motorcar # PNN 3536 was proceeding east at a fast rate of speed when a collision occurred.
Motorcar # PNN 3536 burst into flames on collision .
As a result of the collision, occupants of PNN 3536 Jamal Lynch age 22 years of # 22 Belair West Coast Berbice, and Jashaun Saul age 19 years of # 22 Village West Coast Berbice, were taken out of the vehicle along with the driver and taken to Fort Wellington Public Hospital where they were seen and examined by a doctor who pronounced all dead on arrival.
Occupants in motorcar # PYY 4293 were Joel Jacobs age 29 years of Lot 661 Section D Turkeyen Georgetown, Brian Goodridge age 29 years of Lot 39 Public Road East Coast Demerara, and Keanna Dow aged 22 years of Lot 329 # 29 Village West Coast Berbice.
They were taken out of the vehicle along with the driver and taken to Forth Wellington Public Hospital, where Gary Blair Keanna Dow and Joel Jacobs were seen and examined by a doctor who pronounced them dead on arrival
Brian Goodridge was treated and referred to New Amsterdam Public Hospital where he was further examined and treated and referred to Georgetown Public hospital.
Occupants of PWW 208 Fiona Massiah age 20 years of # 28 Village West Coast Berbice, and Solomon were taken out of the vehicle and taken to the Mahaicony Public Hospital where it was discovered that the driver received head injuries, and the occupant a fractured leg.
The Police said that investigations were ongoing.