“I don’t know why this happened” – Mother of accident victim speaks

Keyana Emmanuel

Gweneth Roberts of Marigot said when she left her village for the city on Saturday morning with her kids; she would never imagine that it would be the last time seeing her 12-year-old daughter Keyana Emmanuel.

Roberts and her son were among 10 other individuals involved in a tragic accident on the Pond Casse road on that rainy and fateful Saturday morning.

“We left home that morning to go to town to take some photos to send to Guadeloupe for their father (Laurent Emmanuel). Just before we left she told her brother she didn’t want to go to town because her clothes had gotten wet but we still went,” Robert recalled.

According to Roberts the bus driver wasn’t really speeding “but he wasn’t driving slow either” and according to her, “a certain time I just felt the bus on one side then it flipped over twice and then I don’t remember much.”

She explained further that, “Everything went dark for a bit and then when I opened my eyes I saw my daughter lying on the ground.”

Roberts said she had lost all hopes when she saw how badly injured her daughter was.

“Her head was split. Her brain was even coming off it. I even held some in my hands and she was bleeding all over,” she sobbed.

She said young Keyana Emmanuel was quiet and fun to be around.

“I don’t know why this happened. All I can do is cry,” she said.

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87 Comments

  1. Broken-hearted
    May 19, 2011

    I pray for you n your family. she was such an angel. Find comfort and hope in the almighty at this time

  2. believe in ur self
    May 11, 2011

    oh my gd , this is very heaart breaking, am a mom of two lil girls, n i feel ur pain, so much, i don,t even no what else to say but trust in god he wil help u come through this time of grieveing, pray n may lil keyana R.I.P rest in peace lil angel!!!!

  3. jasmine
    May 10, 2011

    God will give you the strength to go through this. He knows what you are going through.

  4. Anonymous
    May 10, 2011

    Rest in peace!

  5. EDUCATOR
    May 10, 2011

    So very sorry for your loss.

  6. black beauty
    May 10, 2011

    am so sorry to hear that my deepest smpathy to the entire family of the dead may god bless u all n have courage hold tite laurent!!!! god is good!!

  7. GEMM
    May 10, 2011

    THis is very sad, My God give you the strenght to face this trying time. I am a mother of only one little girl and I feel your pain. R.I.P Mom your are in my prayers.

  8. worried dominican
    May 10, 2011

    such a precious little angel, i pray for the family,god will guide you through your lost.

  9. Homeboy
    May 10, 2011

    Nothing except the Crestor Yahweh can console you and your family. I have said a prayer for you and will continue to keep this family in my prayers. May Angels welcome you into paradise my dear, may they keep you and comfort your family, for only you all know the pain you all are feeling.

    • Homeboy
      May 10, 2011

      Such a beautiful Angel!! Rest among the Angels.

  10. happy feet
    May 10, 2011

    I AM A NATIVE BORN FROM MARIGOT, LIVING IN THE US TEARS ARE ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS BECAUSE THIS CHILD COULD BE ONE OF MY NEICES THEY TOO TRAVELL TO ROSEAU EVERY DAY TO AND FROM SCHOOL ,.I AM FEELING GWENETH PAIN AS A MOTHER MYSELF, THIS IS VERY HARD FOR HER TO ENDURE. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HER AND THE REST OF HER FAMILY, I PRAY THAT SHE GOD GIVES HER THE STRENGTH TO GO THROUGH THE PAIN THAT SHE IS SUFFERING NOW, AND TO LET HER KNOW THAT HER DAUGHTER IS RESTING COMFORTABLE IN HIS ARMS. MAY HER LITTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE :( :(

  11. calypso fan
    May 10, 2011

    I am a mother and really it pains my heart just reading this. It is always good to follow your heart, she wanted to go back only because her clothes got wet, this was the reason, if only that mother had known. My dear we may say she’s gone too soon, but believe me it was not too soon for the Lord’s calling cry, yes but please don’t cry like there is no hope for her she is with the father the one whom she really had to take the pictures for. Remember! the Lord will never forsake you in times like this he’s carrying you. Be strong for you other children.

  12. Anonymous
    May 10, 2011

    So sorry for the loss of this beautiful child, she is clearly in heaven now with her maker. Symapthies to her parents and family.

  13. Unbreakable
    May 10, 2011

    Tears came to my eyes in reading this.I’m sorry for your loss..I wish you had gone back with her when she said her clothes were wet. sigh

  14. hola,from myrtle u s a
    May 10, 2011

    May God be with the family & friends,very sad,may her soul R. I. P.gone to soon.

  15. hola, myrtle in San Diego.
    May 10, 2011

    may God comfort the family & friends,very sad , may her soul R. I. P.myrtle in San Diego

  16. Anonymous
    May 9, 2011

    May god be with u and ur family this is rely rely sad

  17. lulu
    May 9, 2011

    i am crying for the mother as i read, i am a mother myself, and can not imagine the horror of seeing my baby girl lying dead in front of me, i send all my love and strength to this lady and wish her the love in me to help give her the strength to deal with this every moment of the day,, i am truly sorry for you my fellow mother xx

  18. ?????
    May 9, 2011

    May our Heavenly father give you the strength to carry thru this ordeal. Only he can carry you in times like this. So cry yes and the other siblings but lean on the everlasting arms. Be comforted that your daughter though gone to soon is in good hands!

    Love to all the family.

  19. SXM LADY
    May 9, 2011

    I AM CRYING AS I READ THIS. LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOU AND STRENGHTEN YOU.
    ONLY HE KNOWS THE PURPOSE HE HAD FOR UR DAUGHTER. I AM A MOTHER TOO AND I FEEL IT REAL DEEP. IT HURTS SO MUCH.

    LEAN ON THE LORD FOR UR COMFORT ONLY HE REALLY KNOWS THE PAIN U FEEL RIGHT NOW

  20. Ninja G
    May 9, 2011

    God has a plan….we need to trust him and know he is in charge. I pray God grants her family the strength they need at this time. May she rest in Peace.

  21. Anonymous
    May 9, 2011

    What is her cloths?

    • obseving
      May 10, 2011

      Are you trying to be funny….cause you’re NOT!!!!!!

    • Stuppes
      May 10, 2011

      stop tryin 2 b funny this is a serious matter wat if it was ur child lying dead infornt u??

  22. ce-el
    May 9, 2011

    ALAS ALAS ALAS my heart is hurting me. am a mother a one and i do not know what i would do if that happen to my lil boy ESPECIALLY in front of me. MOM u are brave and GOD is great. HE is by your side. MAY HER PRECIOUS SOUL REST IN HEAVENLY PEACE. GOD BLESS!

  23. Anonymous
    May 9, 2011

    Dear Lord, pleas strengthen the parents, siblings and other family members of this little girl. Please help the students of her school to cope with the situation and also the bus driver. In your mighty name i pray …amen.

  24. kay
    May 9, 2011

    it is so sad for u all.she didnt even get the chance to remove the pics.may god bless u all.she went to heaven a safe place

  25. black Queen
    May 9, 2011

    May jehovah god give you the strength and courage to carry on. i am very sorry for your lost.

  26. typical Dominican
    May 9, 2011

    God is with you my dear every step of the way, he needed an angel and choose ypur daughter. May her soul rest in peace. So sorry to hear this.

  27. gerbriella
    May 9, 2011

    there is no other love like a mother’s love for her child i fell your tradgedy and pain and will cry like u never dried befor e may god bless you

  28. pat
    May 9, 2011

    IT HURTS NO MOTHER WANTS TO SEE THIER CHILD THIS WAYS. AM A MOTHER ITS PAINFUL.
    GOD WILL HELP YOU THROUGH AT THIS SAD MOMENT. WE DONT KNOW WHEN WHERE AND HOW.MY SYMPATHY TO YOU AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY. MOM LEAVE EVERYTHING IN
    GOD’S HANDS HIS HELP YOU THROUGH. MAY HER SOUL R.I.P
    .

  29. A mother
    May 9, 2011

    May God comfort the family especially the mother who had to witness this fateful incident. He will hold you in his loving arms. He knows BEST!

  30. Salisbury Teenager
    May 9, 2011

    Accept sympathy to the family and friends.I cried and felt like she was my sister.It’s so sad to read this story.

  31. Wongping
    May 9, 2011

    BE STRONG!

  32. berte
    May 9, 2011

    u know i live in sxm and there was a similar accident like this two days before keyana’s she came from a school bus and got rolled over by a dump truck she was crushed, she was also 12years.to keyana’s family my deepest sypathy goes out to you.keep strong.

  33. Christian
    May 9, 2011

    My family and I include you in our prayers.

  34. Anonymous
    May 9, 2011

    thats so sad god knows where she is rigth now bacause i am a little girl just like her

  35. R.I.P
    May 9, 2011

    OMG!!!Heartwrenching! but I know God will give u strength through this tough times. Find comfort knowing that your daughter is in Heaven smiling down on you! this is the first time i have cried for a DNO storty! My prayers go out to the bus driver also!

  36. silence is betrayal
    May 9, 2011

    that rainy saturday morning i was on my way to town as well and in my spirit, i thought that something not right would happen. i even cautioned the bus driver as to the route we were taking and that it had been raining for days now- that driving as usual was out of the question.

    that same bus overtook my bus in marigot – we thought he is crazy- its wet out there….. ( i would have imagine passengers on board that bus would have said something to caution him…….

    we as passengers must speak our minds at time. let the driver knows how we feel about his driving.. am serious! we cant always leave things 2 chance because that is where the devil waits to snatch us.

    that sweet child should be alive—and dont you dare say it was her time for it wasnt! because people die before their time. our score 70yrs with the grace of God but things happen (sickness-accidents-murder etc.)

    we must always be on the look out especially to things that can be avoided.

  37. DaQueen
    May 9, 2011

    God bless Your heart. God bless your heart

  38. Giselle
    May 9, 2011

    I am so sorry for the loss of that lovely child. R.I.P. MY CONDOLENCE…. These drivers have to be more careful! That is why i am so terrified taking those bus!

  39. Father
    May 9, 2011

    I have two children and I cannot imagine the horor and dread that confronts this mother and her family right now. May you draw strength from the creator in your time of need. Inspite the circumstances facing you, he’s a true and faithful God, one who care about us more than we can imagine. He’s right there with and for you, trust in him and lean not on your own understanding. Lord Jesus I commit the precious family to you as they face this tradegy. Father I ask that you embrace them in your loving arms and comfort them in your love. Demonstrate you grace, mercy and peace in this very trying situation. I pray that things will work out in their best interest in the days ahead. I make this prayer in your loving name…. AMEN!

  40. I feel your pain
    May 9, 2011

    I feel your pain, it is not a nice experience, mummy, sisters, brothers, father, no one will feel it like you, cry as much as you would like, it helps, because I am speaking from experience.

    While you cry, please remember to look up to God, call on him for the strength, he will walk with you every step of the way….

    Rest in peace my dear child

  41. cherfond
    May 9, 2011

    God have mercy on this family, comfort them in their time of sorrows. In Jesus Name.

  42. Observant
    May 9, 2011

    This is real sad. i can only imagine wat this family is going through right now. i pray that God will give you the strength and courage to face another day. May her soul R.I.P. :(

  43. Sunshinegual
    May 9, 2011

    Gweneth my sympathies to you on the loss of your little girl. I will keep you in my prayers because i know that kind of support is needed. Call on God cause he is our strength in time of need he never fails. God bless.

  44. stacious
    May 9, 2011

    it is sad vey sad indeed, to me is like that today yr Der ,2mor yr NT an that’s true cuz u never no wen it yr turn ,only the createrknowssss ,,,,,,, wel i pray that God wel best u an yr family through this sudden death ,she is nt der wit u but she is watch u from above

  45. tell me
    May 9, 2011

    Mister is a sakway chien man

  46. dominican
    May 9, 2011

    Heaven’s got an angel……Rest In peace sweetie…..we are all one dominican family, one’s loss is all our loss… i mourn with you…God bless

  47. upsty
    May 9, 2011

    my deepest condolences to u and ur family, gweneth after a storm there is a calm and i know god will pull u through. be strong ok, and just give god thanks for everything. to god be the glory great things he has done. let strength be your guide. :-|

  48. domcan
    May 9, 2011

    very pretty, love her smile. To the mom , I am sorry and I pray that God will continue to comfort you and that you take hope in the fact that you will see your daughter in the earth made new.

  49. domcan
    May 9, 2011

    she was somebody’s child u fool.

  50. EaSiLy
    May 9, 2011

    yow while reading that article my whole body was shivering. Jah know

  51. No one is immune from death
    May 9, 2011

    Frodo Baggins, no one is immune from death. Today is hers, tomorrow might be yours. We just do not know when. Only a devilminded person would make such a comment. Eventhough , you are looking rating for your comments, a sane person would never make such statement.
    It’s not what a man thinketh that defiles him, but what comes out from his mouth. Never, rejoice of another person short coming. I will leave you in the hands of the almighty one.

    • Frodo Baggins
      May 9, 2011

      cool story bro

      • No one is immune from death
        May 9, 2011

        Thank you Frodo Baggins, for the seeing Jah light. This response of you really makes me know now
        that you have a heart of human. Peace , love and the most high blessings through out your live.

  52. The Truth
    May 9, 2011

    I pray that God give that family peace. I will keep the mother and the rest of the family in my prayers. Blessings to all and people lets pray for all the people on the bus even the driver he too need prayers.

  53. D
    May 9, 2011

    Tears came to my eyes just reading this and I don’t think anyone can imagine this mother’s pain right now. I pray that God continues to comfort Ms. Roberts.

  54. Epic Win
    May 9, 2011

    Very sad indeed. May she rest in peace.

  55. hopefull
    May 9, 2011

    go with gods grace, may her little soul rest in peace

  56. me
    May 9, 2011

    no parent should have to bury their child…and if you have not experience it, you will never know what a parent goes through in times like this. I am speaking from experience, this is not something you wish on your worst enemy. their are no words can describe the pain. :(

    All I can say is I am sorry and I wish this is what all the comments on this news item should say and nothing else.
    R.I.P Keyana Emmanuel

  57. lovely
    May 9, 2011

    My heartfelt condolences going out to the family. I know her bro and her neice. this is so sad and what the mom went through only she and God knows. But mummy hang in there God will guide and direct you through.

  58. belle story
    May 9, 2011

    RIP baby girl… this is the first time i feel so much pain for someone i don’t know in a long time. I pray for the strenght of her parents and her siblings and family at this time. RIP darling.

  59. belle story
    May 9, 2011

    U are a sorry excuse for a human being.i find it hard to concieve that u are Dominican.

  60. Safe-sexer
    May 9, 2011

    Are you human Frodo, or was this a computer generated comment, but still even a programmed machine wouldn’t have been so insensitive.

  61. loving
    May 9, 2011

    please people have some love that’s my family u guys are talking about here. thanks to those who have us in our prayers. Let not forget to pray for the two young ladies who were badly injuried and are still patients at the hostipal.

  62. A MOM
    May 9, 2011

    YOU’RE SICK!!! AND NEED MENTAL EVALUATION!!!!

    • A MOM
      May 9, 2011

      “Sorry…this comment was meant for “Frodo Baggins”

  63. A MOM
    May 9, 2011

    I am a mother myself! And no mother should have to see their children die like this!! So SAD!!! MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL!!

  64. Sexy Shorty
    May 9, 2011

    Stupse.. what is the purpose of repeating that in a different article???

    • Sexy Shorty
      May 9, 2011

      But DNO where is Frodo Baggins comment? This is what i commented on.. all u have me getting dislikes for nothing…

  65. mac
    May 9, 2011

    Its always sad when a mother has to se her kids go before her but god knows best keep the faith

  66. shereen
    May 9, 2011

    may god be with you n ur familly in this time of sorrow…may you get the strength and courage you need….

  67. MaryMary
    May 9, 2011

    So very sad…My deepest condolences.

  68. Genuine
    May 9, 2011

    Boy that sad! That’s the saddest thing i have heard for the year. Jesus God!!!!

  69. Genuine
    May 9, 2011

    How HEARTLESS!

  70. Envar
    May 9, 2011

    Very sad indeed.. :-?

  71. creative
    May 9, 2011

    You are pathetic, go channel your energy somewhere else.

  72. Channel 1
    May 9, 2011

    May God give you all strength and comfort to handle this difficult time.

  73. ANN
    May 9, 2011

    my condolences i am sooo sorry

  74. Dominican to de bone
    May 9, 2011

    May her soul rest in peace. Mom , family and friends find comfort in the lord in this time

  75. seene
    May 9, 2011

    OH Lord, Help her Jesus. Please Lord give her the strength and courage to face another day. It`s not easy Gweneth, but try your best to be strong the others need you on there side. may the good Lord help you.You are in our prayers.

  76. Upfront
    May 9, 2011

    Just makes me wanna cry! No mom should have to go through this at all. It’s horrendous, its terrible! Words cannot describe my pain for you as a mom!

  77. Jos Sehing
    May 9, 2011

    OH MY GOODNESS…She HELD SOME OF THE GIRLS BRAIN IN HER HANDS!!!!…NOW THAT”S A MOTHER RIGHT DER!!!!…..
    Another conclusion… if the bus driver wasn’t “Excatly speeding” Was that the wind was to strong and tilted the bus to a side?…Which in therory would still mean that the buss was speeding to make it seem lighter….Or the bus went into a port hole bumped up in the air and because of the wind it tilted and flipped over….

    Anyways I’m Not a Detective I’m just sehing…

    May her soul rest in peace!

  78. Ian
    May 9, 2011

    Really sad thing to have lost your precious little one this way. May her soul rest in peace. I share sympathy with her mother, relatives And friends.

  79. toally
    May 9, 2011

    oh gush
    so sad

  80. wawww WAWW
    May 9, 2011

    alas omg I’m so sorry:(

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