A family which would have been in the midst of wedding anniversary celebrations for two relatives in less than two weeks is instead mourning the tragic demise of one half of the couple.
Donald Christian, 51, of Blue Waters died after being thrown from the motorcycle he was riding along Cassada Gardens main road when it became involved in a collision with a car driven by Baah Bastiani of Hodges Bay.
Bastiani escaped unhurt but according to a police press release, “Christian sustained injuries and died on the scene.” The two vehicles were travelling in opposite directions.
Christian’s wife, Lisa with whom he would have marked five years on May 25, visited the scene and was heard saying, “This has to be a dream; this has to be a dream.”
Overcome with grief she eventually collapsed and it was only the quick hands of a man who had earlier been consoling her that stopped her hitting the ground.
The unidentified man carried her to a vehicle to await the arrival of an ambulance in which she received medical treatment.
A security guard who was one of the very first people on the scene after hearing the noise from the collision recounted seeing “a man lying face down on the ground in a pool of blood and not moving.”
For almost three hours Christian’s lifeless body, covered by a white sheet, lay in a gutter near the entrance to St Michael’s Primary School while his bright yellow motorcycle, had come to rest on its side about 100 metres away.
The Daily OBSERVER understands that his daughter, Ashley who is a student at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, returned home earlier this week while his sister Ann left Antigua & Barbuda hours before the fatal accident.
Meantime, Christian’s eldest son Brendan a national athlete came 9th in the 100 metres at the Ponce Grand Prix in Puerto Rico on Sunday.
His other two children were Renaud, 23 and Cameron 4, while he was stepfather to his wife’s two children.
At the time of his death, Christian was the owner of The Camera Shop at Heritage Quay as well as a member of the Lion’s Club of which he was also a past president, and he belonged to the St John’s Lodge.
His death marks the fourth road fatality for the year.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)