5-y-o killed in freak accident

July 02, 2020
Shanika McDonald
Shanika McDonald
Tanesha McLaren (left), Shanika's mother broke down in tears and had to be comforted by another resident.
Tanesha McLaren (left), Shanika's mother broke down in tears and had to be comforted by another resident.
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A five-year-old child is now dead, and three women injured and admitted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, following a freak accident in Montego Bay yesterday.

The child has been identified as Shanika Taneika McDonald, of Union Street in Flankers, while two sisters, Juliette and Sonia Gillette, and their niece Ishy Gillette, who received serious injuries, are presently at hospital in serious condition.

Reports by the police are that shortly after 3 p.m., the driver of a motor vehicle lost control and ploughed into a group of National Solid Waste Management Authority employees who were carrying out street cleaning exercises along a section of Claud Clarke Avenue. The driver was also taken to hospital for treatment.

Could barely find words

THE STAR spoke with Shanika's mother, Tanesha McLaren, who could barely find words to explain her feelings.

"Up to now mi caa believe seh 'Shanny' really dead. Mi just lef har wid dem for a while because one a mi supervisor sen mi go buy food fi the worker dem, and by the time mi a come back, one lady tell mi seh car lick dung 'Shanny' dung the road," the distraught mother muttered. "She just lef basic school and mi even get har inna primary school already, an now dis come happen. Shanny loving, she full a joke, and everybody inna Flankers love har. Mi caa believe seh di little time mi lef mi daughter, car come lik har dung, kill har." McLaren said Shanika was the second of her three children.

Meanwhile, one police officer told THE STAR that they are investigating whether the driver may have been impacted by a medical condition.

- H.B.

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