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Road rails needed along areas of North Windward, says lawyer


Lawyer Israel Bruce is calling for road rails to be placed in areas at the North Windward tip of mainland St Vincent, so that motorists would have some semblance of security.

Bruce’s call came shortly after dismissal of a case against his client Davanan Nanton, the driver of minibus HL636, when it plunged into the sea at Rock Gutter on January 12, 2015.

This accident caused the deaths of Racquel Ashton, Chanstacia Stay, Glenroy Michael, Jamall and Jamalie Edwards, Simonique Ballantyne and Anique Alexander.

On March 22, the Government unveiled a monument in memory of the seven students at Rock Gutter.

“It is a loss to the nation and I want to repeat my call here that the erection of a symbol to remind people of the tragic loss is but part of what has to be done,” Bruce told reporters on Friday, March 31.

“What is more important is that the State must now look into those particular areas in the North Windward tip of the country and put in place the requisite protective machinery, put in place barriers and barricades to ensure that the motor vehicle operators who operate in those areas at least have some semblance of security about them and the lives of the people in North Windward, because that is important. Black lives matter,” he added. (AS)