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Trip to church ends in tragedy

RESIDENTS IN Kingston, Jamaica, were plunged into mourning yesterday as news spread about the tragic death of 71-year-old Violet Lynch, who was mowed down on her way to church earlier in the day.

Violet, along with her husband Eric, left home on Greenwich road to begin their normal Sunday route to church, but as they stood at a bus stop on Retirement Road, the pensioner was struck by a car.

According to the Constabulary Communication Network, at about 7 am, taxi operator, Alvin Mitchell, who was driving along the road, allegedly overtook a motor vehicle, which had stopped at a traffic sign.

He collided with another motor vehicle, causing the driver of that automobile to lose control and run into a bus stop at which Violet was standing. The vehicle pinned her to a wall.

Violet was rushed to hospital in serious condition where she later died.

Back home, neighbours sadly considered the loss of a member of their community.

"... She did not deserve that at all. She just left for church and didn't return," one man told The Gleaner. He said he was in sympathy with husband, Eric, who was heavily dependent on his wife.

"I don't know how that man is going to manage because he's older than her and it's the two of them that lived alone, so she had to do most of the things for him," he added.

Eric was not at home when The Gleaner visited.


Ionie Clarke, who had been Violet's neighbour for seven years, described her as a jovial person.

"She never used to leave out her church and it was there she was going when she died. She was a very nice person who loved flowers and loved when her place clean and tidy," she added.

The 52-year-old taxi operator who was involved in the accident is to appear in Traffic Court today on three charges following the accident.

He has been charged with dangerous driving, disobeying a traffic signal and causing death by dangerous driving.

Both drivers have been served with warning notices. The Cross Roads police are investigating.

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