Turks and Caicos, April 20, 2017 – Providenciales – There is no understanding it just yet for family and friends who are closest to Mario Powell, the teenage boy who yesterday died in a traffic accident on South Dock Road.
A mere 16-years old, sometimes resident in Blue Hills with his mother;other times resident with his father in Millennium Heights and a student of Clement Howell High school. Quiet, polite, a deep thinker and a young gentleman are other descriptions of Mario.
The boy did not lay in his bed last night; he is in the morgue after a smash-up which Police confirm happened minutes to 4pm on Wednesday. The family is beside itself with grief.
The driver is with a broken neck bone and it is expected that he will be airlifted. Lorenzo Francis is the driver and is in his early to mid 20s and had just reported a break in at his home to Police, when the collision happened. Magnetic Media is also getting shocking reports of how “coldly” the families were informed of the fatal accident and of how the morgue worker refused to open the facility for the devastated loved ones.
A government doctor had to demand that the morgue be opened to the 15 year old’s mother. It took over an hour to get help and to get the employee to comply, we are told.
Police did visit a Blue Hills residence to inform of the accident. However the manner in which the information was conveyed, is drawing criticism.
Mario, TCI-born to Jamaican parents is said to be the only son of his father, Marco Powell and the only son still alive of his mother, Marcia, who in recent years lost another son when he too was killed in a deadly traffic accident in Jamaica.
There was another accident yesterday near Grant’s Gas Station on Leeward Highway involving a Blue Hills Clinic nurse. Her car careened into the median and suffered significant tire damage after she swerved to avoid hitting a car entering the highway from the gas station. The nurse is fine; the driver who is said to have caused the accident, fled the scene.
On Monday night, a truck plowed through the Beaches round about wall and sign; it is the second fix on that wall in mere weeks.