Bath Estate community holds vigil for 10 year-old accident victim

Residents turned out in large numbers for the vigil

The community of Bath Estate and surroundings came together last night to hold a candle light vigil in the memory of 10 year-old Natalia Matthew who lost her life after a vehicular collision last week [June 6].

Matthew, who was a student of the Roseau Primary School was crossing the Bath Estate main road at about 5:45PM when she was hit by pick-up truck.

“It was a sad moment for us and the community of Bath Estate, but when I look at the turnout and how the community came together it was really amazing,” one resident of Bath Estate who chose to remain anonymous told Dominica News Online (DNO) during an interview.

“Right now we are standing together to support each other and the family of Natalia,” the resident added.

She described Natalia as a very loving child “who will be missed by many of us.”

“Right now we need to continue to stand with each other and to pray for the family for strength, because only God knows,” the resident stated.

According to initial reports the pick-up truck was driven by Giovanni Vaughn Garraway 21, of Cochrane and was travelling in a west to east direction on the Bath Estate main road when he overtook a moving vehicle traveling in the same direction.

The reports further stated that at that same time, Matthew was crossing the road ahead in a north to south direction in front of a vehicle parked on the left side of the main road.

Matthew sustained bodily injuries from the collision.

She was transported to the Accident and Emergency Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) where she succumbed to her injuries.

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6 Comments

  1. Iamanidiot
    June 13, 2018

    Rest in peace, but what are we going to do now to avoid this ? Nothing? Just business as usual and say life goes on and call it a day?
    That’s not good enough

  2. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 12, 2018

    Unity is Strength. May her soul RIP.
    The entire country should unite like this

    • Ibo France
      June 13, 2018

      I fully support your last sentence, KID. It’s exhilarating to see the grieving parents and other relatives of the deceased receive so much support in their time of bereavement. This might not drive away all the pain but certainly will allay some of the grief. All of us, at some time in our lives, will need a shoulder to lean on.

  3. Amanda Nieurzyla-John
    June 12, 2018

    really… nows not the time for sarcaism nah

  4. Cyrique
    June 12, 2018

    My sincere & heartfelt condolences to the family. Very sad news indeed. I pray that God gives the family the strength to cope with such grief. May her Soul RIP??

  5. almostoui
    June 12, 2018

    that’s nice, but I almost got knocked down by one of thoe bath estate speeding motorbikes, same stretch oui

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