Carnival death ruled an accident


(Press Release)

A Coroner’s Inquest on Tuesday, concluded by ruling Oniqua “Nikki” Phillip’s death was an accident. Magistrate Conliff Clarke convened the hearing in St. Johns Magistrate’s Court with a six member jury panel to look into her death.

During the hearing, a number of witnesses, to include police officers, were called upon to give evidence into the matter. The session ended with the jury returning a unanimous verdict that her death was caused by accident.

The mother of one was among a crowd of revellers, when she reportedly fell underneath a truck transporting a sound system, during 2016 Carnival Last Lap Celebrations. Following the incident, the police launched an in depth investigation into the matter, beyond that of a normal fatal accident.

An autopsy report later revealed that she died as a result of severe crush injuries to her face and skull. A toxicology test was also done as part of the investigations, and it revealed that her Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level was twice the amount her normal level.

Now that the inquest is done, the report will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for his consideration and final decision.

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  1. What does BAC level have to do with the truck not having protective covers on the wheels as mandated by law. Who served the liquor ? The Carnival is liable for allowing this .
    The BAC lab test was not revealed until a year later with no independent agency, I smell fraud and cover up. Listing as an accident only makes the Carnival liable. If someone drank too much and is in a bar, they leave the bar and die outside, the bar is liable

  2. Also, No witnesses that were with Oniqua were ever interviewed and or called to trial. NONE!! This is just an example of the corruption that exists. The US government and officials are aware at the bogus investigation and the matter is ongoing. Accident means liability. How can you have a test on BAC and release a year later ? Did the carnival have precautions for the people. Questions remain and the fact there was no protective covers on the wheels of the truck dooms the company, carnival and the corrupt government. Fact is fact. Businesses have to protect the consumer. The government had no precautions yet they instituted new measures after the death. That says liable as they admitted their safety plans were faulty. If she was not born in the US and was from the island the view would be different. The government will need to deal with the US government and the lawyers. If this was anyone’s child you would feel different.

  3. Total crap of a corrupt government. No witnesses that were with her ever called. Answer that!!!! Believe me they will !!!!

    Police were witnesses ?? Then where were they when she fell or seen the truck without proper protection which is law ??

    In the words of NYC residents, Go SAD !!!! Figure out what that means !!!!!

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