Akisha Henson was sitting in the front passenger seat of the left-hand drive vehicle when it overturned.

The deceased, Akisha Henson. (Photo: Facebook)
The deceased, Akisha Henson. (Photo: Facebook)

A 28-year-old Port Authority clerk died Thursday in Mt Grennan when a private vehicle overturned around 7:10 a.m. while travelling in the direction of the main Windward Highway.

Superintendent of Police Richard Browne said the woman has been identified as Akisha Henson of South Rivers.

The vehicle, a left-hand drive Ford Explorer, registration number P1884, was driven by Henson’s friend, Philemon Rodney, a 48-year-old construction contractor of Mt Grennan and Redemption Sharpes, Browne said.

Henson was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

“He was driving motor vehicle P1884 from his home and on going down a hill. The information I have is that he is alleging that his brakes failed,” Browne told reporters at the scene.

Person assist police in turning the vehicle right side up.
Person assist police in turning the vehicle right side up.

“There was an oncoming vehicle and the road is very narrow and only allows for one vehicle at a time, and he attempted to bank the vehicle on the left side of the road, the vehicle overturned and his [friend], Keisha Henson, a 28-year-old Port Clerk of South Rivers was with him and received injuries and died on the spot as a result of the accident,” Browne said.

The driver of the vehicle, Philemon Rodney (with towel over shoulder) and onlookers at the scene on Thursday.
The driver of the vehicle, Philemon Rodney (with towel over shoulder) and onlookers at the scene on Thursday.

Onlookers react as the body of Akisha Henson is removed from the vehicle in which she died when it overturned Thursday morning

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He said that Rodney did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident.

“From my observation at the scene, I saw the seatbelt for the driver was cut, but the seatbelt for the passenger, Keisha Henson, was still intact. She was apparently not wearing a seatbelt,” Browne said.

He said police have launched a motor vehicle investigation as a result of the incident.

“We do not know at this time whether a charge or charges will be brought against the driver. We’d have to do a thorough investigation because he is claiming brake failure,” Browne said.

Police inspect the vehicle at the scene Thursday morning.
Police inspect the vehicle at the scene Thursday morning as Rodney (with towel on shoulder) and SOP Browne, second right, look on.