Edgar Cruickshank, a former staunch supporter of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), was among several persons injured when a vehicle came into contact with the crowd at a political meeting of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in Clare Valley Saturday night.
The incident, which brought the meeting to a premature end, occurred as Leader of the Opposition and President of the NDP Arnhim Eustace was addressing the crowd.
Cruickshank, a resident of Top Questelles and former ULP South Leeward Constituency Council member, was among the persons rushed to hospital, but I-Witness News has so far been unable to verify their identities or the extent of their injuries.
At least six persons where injured, and a person at the meeting who helped the injured told I-Witness News that the former ULP activist “is/was in bad shape”.
Private and police vehicles and ambulances were used to take the injured to hospital.
Cruickshank had expressed disappointment in Sen. Jomo Thomas emerging as the lead contender for the nod as the ULP’s South Leeward candidate in the next general elections, which must be held by March 28, 2016, but are widely expected by December 2015.
He did not attend the constituency conference in July at which Grenville Williams, who Cruickshank supported for the post, nominated Thomas to be the candidate — seemingly with little magnanimity, notwithstanding his oral endorsement.
After the formalisation of Thomas’ candidacy, Cruickshank threw his support being the NDP’s Nigel “Nature” Stevenson, who is seeking a second term as MP for South Leeward, where Clare Valley is located.
Stephenson, gave Cruickshank a special welcome at the meeting on Saturday, saying, “In the audience tonight, there is another first, because one of the persons who was instrumental in ensuring that Labour keep (sic) its base in South Leeward and also throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines, tonight he is now in the audience, not dressed in red [but supporting the New Democratic Party.”
The vehicle involved in the incident was a car, registration number P7516, and was driven by a male.