5 young men die in tragic accident in Dominica
By TDN Wire Staff
August 8, 2017 5:53 A.M
Penville, Dominica (TDN)
Dominica is reeling from the tragic accident, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday August 6, 2017 resulting in the deaths of five young men from the tiny village of Penville.
Police are reporting that the men were returning from a night out when their vehicle plowed through a road barrier and plunged 500 feet over rocks into the sea below, in an area called Ambas, Vielle Case. Photos taken at the scene revealed the car completely flipped over with the occupants ejected into the sea.
The victims are Chris Marcellin 29, who was the owner and driver of the vehicle, Mandela Ophar 21, Clement Leblanc 22, Jean Louis Sango 25 and Jude St Jean 21.
Prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit joined hundreds of Dominicans who took to social media to express their grief and disbelief at the sudden and tragic events. He posted on Facebook "It is with profound sadness that I inform all of a tragic accident which took the lives of five very promising young men from my constituency. Just last evening I spent a considerable amount of time with one of the young men as we met with the young people from my constituency.
In fact he gave the welcome address at the forum. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased. We all share in the pain and suffering. For me personally it can't get closer. God shall give us the strength and courage to deal with this tragedy," Skerrit noted.
This fatal loss of life is the worse single accident in Dominica since 32 people from the village of Morne Prosper were killed when their transport vehicle overturned in a precipice on May 21, 1975.
Victims of the accident shown clockwise: Brandon Ophar, Clement Leblanc, Chris Marcellin, Jean Louis Sango and Jude St Jean.
This has been a particularly bad year for Dominica where already three separate motor cycle accidents have resulted in the deaths of six young people from the Island.