JAMAICA: Passer-by robs crash victim of valuables, pretends to be relative


LOOP: The St Mary police have been left in shock and disbelief after a man who pretended to be the relative of a crash victim, stole his valuables, including a cell phone, which he used to call relatives of the victim the same day.

The shocking incident occurred on the Boscobel main road on Tuesday, after 51-year-old Nixon Bernard lost control of his Toyota Voxy motorcar, which ended up hitting an embankment.

To the dismay of the police, a passer-by came on the scene, pretended to be Bernard’s relative, and left with some of his (Bernard’s) belongings.

“It just goes to show the level of callousness that is in the society,” said head of the St Mary police, Superintendent Bobette Morgan-Simpson, as she addressed Thursday’s meeting of the St Mary Municipal Corporation.

She highlighted the shocking incident in her remarks at the meeting, during which she also expressed alarm at the number of crashes that have been reported in the parish since the start of the year.

In relation to Tuesday’s fatal crash, Morgan-Simpson said the victim had left a party which he staged, when tragedy occurred on the roadway.

“… In this particular accident, the gentleman (Bernard) had a… party the same night, and he was on his way home, met in the accident, was out (unconscious), and somebody actually went there, identified himself as a relative, took the money, departed, took his phone, made a telephone call to somebody to say that he was injured, and that’s it,” the senior law enforcer outlined.

She lamented that the passer-by “didn’t care about the man who was there, that probably he was still alive and might need help to get medical care.

“That was (seemingly) not important, and we have seen so many incidents where persons are really just for what they can get,” Morgan-Simpson indicated.

The police are trying to locate the individual.

Meanwhile, Morgan-Simpson said up to Wednesday, some 119 motor vehicle crashes were recorded in St Mary. Of the number, eight resulted in fatalities.

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