Police investigate crash which claimed life of Kurt Matthew

Matthew was widely acclaimed for his work at DBS Radio. Photo: DBS Radio

The police say they have started an investigation into a deadly accident which took the life of station engineer of DBS Radio, Kurt Matthew.

Police PRO, Inspector Pellam Jno Baptiste, said the incident took place on Sunday night in on the EO Leblance Highway in Canefield at around 9:15 pm on Sunday, November 26.

He stated that it involved motor vehicle, registration number HE213, driven by Andy Esprit of Campbell, which was traveling in a northerly direction and another vehicle, registration number TE348, which was parked on the western side of the road. He said that vehicle was in custody of Matthew at the time.

Jno Baptiste said Esprit lost control of his vehicle which crashed into the other vehicle while Matthew was about to board it.

Matthew, 48, sustained multiple injuries and was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where he received medical attention. However, hours later, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by a medical doctor.

Jno Baptiste said a coroners inquest will be convened while investigations continue.

Matthew’s death sent shockwaves throughout Dominica. He became known for his tremendous efforts in keeping DBS Radio on-air during and immediately after the passage of Hurricane Maria. His work was acclaimed by many and he was recognized by the radio station and other business places.

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  1. December 3, 2017

    Papa met. I’m sick to my stomach over here in Boston. I mean, here I am, thousand of miles away and instead of reading about the accomplishments and condolences of this gentleman, all I’m reading is a bunch of useless banter amongst you ignorant fools. What you are posting on here is distasteful and outright disrespectful to this gentleman and his family. Shame on you!!!!! There are countless factors that come into play in a motor vehicle accident. If you are so concerned about what transpired, let me encourage you to become a police officer and investigate motor vehicle accidents. But for now, show some class and respect for this family who has just lost a loved one in such a tragic manner. Mr. Matthew, I did not know you or know of you, but, I pray that your soul will find enternal rest. To his family, I pray that you find peace and comfort in God during your time of mourning. R.I.P sir

  2. Tony
    November 29, 2017

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Hi management at DNO can you tell me why you remove my post about this accident . I gave my opinion which was formed from inside information about the main contributing factor.

    ADMIN: We reserve the right to delete any comments that may be unsubstantiated rumour. Click the following link for our full comment policy: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/policies/#comment-policy

    • Tony
      November 30, 2017

      Hello and good evening my people. Well DNO Management . I hope when the Police release their findings in regards to this accident you will understand that what I said is true. I told you all that Mr Stephenson suffered a stroke and our Government officials denied that until they had no choice but to acknowledge such.

  3. My name
    November 29, 2017

    The Hospital is not up to par for Trauma cases. Fix the Hospital.

    November 28, 2017

    : :?: Another useless death on the slave plantation island that should have never been given political independence!!!

    • Concern
      November 29, 2017

      What are you trying to say you fool
      Get real
      Independence is good it simply mean you want to take care of yourself
      I guess are still at home eating from mummy pot
      Time to get out you lazy boy

  5. Zena joseph
    November 28, 2017

    I kn were are all sadden by Kurt death, but please at this time let’s not blame anyone, let’s unite as we
    mourn his death, celebrate his life and remember the ones who are left behind in prayer. Before DBS he worked with me at courts Dominica Ltd., I’m very sad but have to ask God to teach me how to accept that news. Praying for your family. RIP

  6. Enough is enough
    November 28, 2017

    I m so sad for Mr Matthew. Is a victim of the lack of professionalism of our police force.
    It was obvious that something bad will happen on this spot, for month people are parking on the main road to shop at the supermarket. Come on guys , this is the main ” highway ” road. Tell me if anyone of you will park on the main road in any other country knowing the high risk you are taking…. Awa !! Only in Dominica. !! The police see it. They even park there too, but …..no one care until someone died. I m so sad !!!

    • November 28, 2017

      Drivers should be careful when driving in congested areas, we are too quick to assign blame.

    • dee
      November 28, 2017

      now fings will change ,
      de death happen awready .

  7. I Must admit
    November 28, 2017

    Very good that’s what democracy is supposed to be all about. While we are at please investigate the death of the Russian lady that Hon. Collin McIntyre told us he buried, maybe a day after Maria. We know the Minister told us she died from heat wave but we still not sure because the Minister is not the police and he is not a pathologist

    • MI
      November 28, 2017

      You people supporting the opposition need a life. how can u ppl be so bitter all the time. i mean come on.

    • June
      November 28, 2017

      Papamet u come with that story again padna. Well do your investigations yourself. Seems is you alone that hear McIntyre say that.

      My condolences to family and friends. Its a had time may you find peace in God’s promises. In the meantime lets be ready not just for his coming. He will come when he wants but death comes at anytime too and noone knows how and when.

  8. Paul Rossnof
    November 28, 2017

    How can one ‘loose control’ over ones vehicle on such a straight piece of road? As per usual there is much more to it then that. Either excessive speeding, alcohol, drugs or simple incompetence behind the wheel of a car on the public road or a mixture of all of them. The majority of Dominicans treat the roads simply as their playground

    • smh
      November 28, 2017

      were you at the scene to assume that these factors played a role in kurts death ? If this were the case the driver would have been arrested at the scene. Accidents happen and we cannot question God’s plan.

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