Father of two struck dead in Lyford Cay
A father of two was struck and killed by a Mack truck on his way to work in Lyford Cay on Saturday morning, police said.
Police said the driver of the truck went to the gated community to make a delivery, and upon leaving was alerted by security officers that he had struck a pedestrian.
Superintendent Craig Stubbs, who heads the police traffic division, said when police arrived on the scene they met the man’s body in the road.
“The driver is reporting that at no time did he see the pedestrian, who would have apparently walked on the right side of the vehicle in a blind spot,” he said.
“It is a traffic accident as it relates to a pedestrian and a vehicle involved. The driver had no knowledge that the accident took place and once he was informed he returned and everything was confirmed.”
Family members on the scene said the victim is Idily St. Joseph, who was in his 40s and the father of two boys.
He worked for a Lyford Cay resident.
A slipper he had been wearing remained in the middle of the road as relatives mourned outside the gates.
According to Stubbs, the truck driver was shaken up, but was assisting police with their investigation.
He said the height of the truck and the short stature of the victim may have played a factor in the accident.
“He is somewhat distraught about the whole ordeal and we will advise him to seek the proper counseling …” Stubbs said.
“Based on the vehicle that he was driving, I guess if it was a lower vehicle there is a possibility he would’ve sensed a differentiation in the road.
“But with the size of the truck and the stature of the victim (that didn’t happen).”
The victim’s cousin, Norgilen St. Julien, broke down in tears as he rushed to the scene just moments after the body was removed.
“My cousin [is] dead and I feel very, very bad because he has two children,” he said with tears in his eyes.
“He has two children and a wife. I don’t know who will take care of them. I feel very, very bad. That’s my favorite cousin.”
The victim’s brother-in-law, Sanon Dieuseul, described him as a nice person.
“He’s quiet,” he said, “never bothers anyone.
“He has his wife and two children and never had problems with the police.”