Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace and Member of Parliament for North Leeward Roland “Patel” Matthews have extended condolences to the relatives of the three persons who died when a car plunged over a cliff in Coulls Hill Sunday night.
George Johnson, 89, Venola Ollivierre (also known as Icylma Johnson), 65, and Denzil Johnson, 22, all of Spring Village died in the incident.
Two other persons, Kemral Williams, 24, said to be the driver of the vehicle, and Neville Charles, 45, have been hospitalised.
In an email to the media on Monday, Elson Crick, communications consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister, said that Gonsalves, who was attending an OECS heads of government meeting in Grenada, has extended condolences and sympathy to the Johnson family of Spring Village, on behalf of the government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Crick said Gonsalves intends to visit the family of the deceased following his return to the country today, Tuesday.
“Itis times like these, that we need the love and support of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Let us lift them up in our prayers, and be in solidarity with the Johnson family,” Crick quoted Gonsalves as saying.
Eustace, speaking on his weekly radio programme on Monday, said:
“It really was a shocking event for me last night when I was called to be told about what happened in North Leeward…
“My heart goes out to that family,” he said, noting that the family now has four deaths in recent weeks.
The dead and injured were returning to Spring Village from Chateaubelair, where they had attended the funeral of their relative, Shardine Johnson, who was murdered earlier this month.
“That is more than anyone can bear right now. It is really a difficult situation and my heart goes out to the family,” Eustace said.
“It’s really a sad day. Both young and old people have passed on very suddenly to the great beyond and my heart really goes out to that Johnson family.
“At the best of times it’s a very difficult blow to bear, and for it to happen right after the funeral of another family member who was suddenly cut off by murder worsens the load and those of them who are still alive will know where to put their trust,” he said
Matthews, in a call to Eustace’s programme, repeated a consolation he said he gave to the family at the hospital Sunday night.
“And I know, and as I said to family members last night at the hospital, put their trust in God, because he will not give them more than they can bear.
“Even though it may appear to them that everything is going wrong, I want them to hold on and put their trust in him because he knows best and will not give them more than they can bear,” he said.
“I am shaken up by this thing. I am shaken because [it’s] as if I saw this danger coming,” he said and lamented the failure of the government to repair a retaining wall where the accident happened, more than a year after he highlighted the danger that it poses.