Thursday 20 September, 2018

Adult Bog Walk Gorge crash victims were both teachers in Spanish Town

The two women who died along with a child in a horrific motor vehicle crash in the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine on Thursday evening were teachers who worked in the Spanish Town area of the parish.

They have been identified as 34-year-old Sheryl Francis-Parkes, who worked at the HEART Trust Spanish Town Skills Training Centre, and Jean Grant, who was attached to the Willowdene Group of Schools in Spanish Town.

Francis-Parkes’ seven-year-old son, Ajani Parkes, also perished in the collision.

Their deaths have left the staff and students of the two educational institutions in shock and mourning, with the two campuses relatively close together, geographically.  

Reports were that about 7:45, all three were travelling in a car in the gorge with Francis-Parkes at the wheels, when the vehicle collided with a truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The two women were pronounced dead at hospital on Thursday night, while the child died early Friday morning while being treated in hospital.

The driver and a passenger in the truck sustained minor injuries.