Friday 28 February, 2020

Canadian family seeking to return survivor of Trelawny crash home

The scene of the crash on the Hague main road in Trelawny last Sunday morning which resulted in the deaths of four men and serious injury to a Canadian woman who was visiting the island.

The scene of the crash on the Hague main road in Trelawny last Sunday morning which resulted in the deaths of four men and serious injury to a Canadian woman who was visiting the island.

The family of Anika Walters, the sole survivor from the ill-fated motorcar that was involved in last Sunday's two-vehicle crash which claimed the lives of four men in Trelawny, is hoping to raise funds to bring the woman home to Canada for medical care.

Walters, a 39-year-old single mother of six from London, Ontario in Canada, remains hospitalised in Jamaica with extensive injuries, including several broken bones, a concussion, a fractured skull and loss of teeth, according to her sister, Kayla Dobney, in an interview with Global News in Canada.

Walters, who was on her way to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on January 19, was among five persons travelling in a Nissan March motorcar when it collided with an Island Route tour bus along the Hague main road in Trelawny.

Indications are that shortly after 10am, the motorcar was heading towards Montego Bay when the driver overtook a line of traffic and collided with the bus which was being driven in the opposite direction.

The five occupants of the car and the bus driver sustained injuries. Three of the injured men travelling in the car died on spot, while the other later died at a hospital.

The four deceased were identified as brothers Omar and Omroy Russell, 23-year-old Dayton McLeary, and 22-year-old Everton James, all of Portland addresses.

According to Canadian media reports, Walters' family said the four men who died were her close friends and were accompanying her to the airport.

It was further revealed that Walters and her family, including her children, came to Jamaica for the Christmas holidays. The other family members returned home, but Walters remained for an extended stay in the island.

Meanwhile, Walters' sister, Kayla Dobney, announced that the family has launched a GoFundMe page "to raise CAD $70,000 to bring her back to Canada for surgery in Toronto, as well as to cover costs of future medical expenses for physiotherapy, and legal fees for a lawyer overseas."

Walters is currently in stable condition in hospital, but is unable to speak, Dobney told Canadian reporters. Her only method of communication, Dobney said, is by "shaking her head and nodding" to let persons around her understand that she is able to hear them.

A family friend is assisting Walters at the hospital, as her family has not journeyed to the island.

Up to Saturday, the GoFundMe page had raised over CAD $9,000.

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