St. John’s Antigua- Kelvin Thomas has become the nation’s latest road fatality after he was struck on Christmas Day by a vehicle. Authorities have identified 70-year-old Sheffield Henry of Powells Estate as the driver.
The 23-year-old father of a two-year-old daughter was struck as he was walking along the Sir George Walter Highway around 10:45 pm. Relatives said he was returning from a family gathering in Villa to his home in Carlisle.
Information coming from the police Strategic Communications Department indicates that Henry’s blue Mitsubishi jeep A5659 was travelling north on the highway when it came into contact with Thomas, who was heading in the same direction.
Grieving relatives and friends were on the scene when the 23-year-old was pronounced dead on the spot.
Thomas is being remembered by family members as a good father. Jewel Stewart, sister to the mother of Thomas’ only child, said the way he took care of his daughter stood out most to her.
“He was a loving father to his daughter,” Stewart said. “Even up to Christmas Eve, he took her to town and bought her presents.”
“In these times there are not many young men who would bathe her, feed her, go for walks, babysit,” she said. “I mean you don’t find much of that these days. That stood out to me.”
“He’s just a very nice person, easy going, I don’t know him as a drinker, he didn’t drink alcohol and he was not like this party person.”
The dead man had recently moved to Carlisle with his family about three months ago.
“We all were here at home. We were laughing and partying. He just sat in the chair and he was smiling, and that’s how I remember him,” Stewart said.
Thomas, a native of Guyana, moved to Antigua in the summer of 2008.
Initial reports from the police listed Thomas’ first name as “Kevin.” OBSERVER Media has since confirmed with relatives that his name was “Kelvin.”
Thomas’ death brings the number of road fatalities in 2012 to three.