On top of the grief they’re going through as they mourn the death of their mother, Dolores Roches, 68, the Roches family of the Lakeland area of Dangriga is now grappling with two more deaths which occurred after their mother was buried on Saturday at the Dangriga Cemetery.
Mark Roches, 48, and his common-law wife, Elizabeth Domingo, 34, who both travelled from Seine Bight, where they lived, to bury his mother in Dangriga, are both dead. They were travelling back to Seine Bight in the pan of a pickup truck with three other people, when the truck became involved in a traffic accident.
They were thrown out of the back of the truck, and suffered massive head and body injuries that caused them to die almost immediately. Three other people were in the cab of the pickup, including the driver, but they did not suffer any serious injury.
The incident occurred about 5:30 Saturday evening at a dangerous curve at the junction of Riversdale and the Placencia Road near Mile 19. Police said that the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, hurling out the five people that were travelling in the pan of the truck.
Travelling along with Roches and his wife in the pan were his daughter, 15, who suffered foot injuries; his former common-law wife (the mother of his daughter), who suffered head injuries; and his stepson, 11 (Domingo’s son), who was unhurt.
The three were taken to the Dangriga Hospital, where they received medical treatment, and were released yesterday after observation.
The other accident victims said that the son stood, as if in a stupor, and watched his mother and stepfather dead on the road, and did not scream or cry.
There would have been a third death, because according to the victims, when the driver lost control and the vehicle began to swerve across the road, the mother of Roches’ daughter (his former common-law-wife) attempted to jump out of the vehicle, but her daughter held her.
Police have launched an investigation into the deadly accident. The driver of the vehicle is a German national who lives in Seine Bight.
The Roches family will be burying their brother less than a week after the burial of their mother.
Elizabeth Domingo is originally from Teakettle. She will be returned to her home village for burial.
Police have not yet released an official report on the accident.