Thirty-one-year-old Jahlacula Collie said yesterday he thought he was going to die on Sunday when his 2007 Lincoln Town Car collided with a garbage truck on West Bay Street near Sandyport on Sunday afternoon.
Following the accident, Collie’s car was damaged beyond recognition with wires wildly hanging from the front of the vehicle and pieces of metal scattered across the scene of the crash.
Speaking about the moment of impact during the accident, Collie said, “Boy, the only thing I could have [done was] just look up and be like, ‘Oh, my God.’”
“Like I said, it was a miracle.”
When asked if he thought he would survive, he said, “No, no, I didn’t think I was going to survive.
He added, “I was kind of bracing myself but I didn’t know what was going to be the outcome.”
Collie, who has worked as a taxi driver for three years, said his vehicle was so badly damaged that rescue personnel had to pry open a back door to get him out.
He said he only sustained a sprained leg and “not even a cut” following the incident.
“I haven’t seen the doctors as yet,” Collie said outside Accident and Emergency at Princess Margaret Hospital.
“They took an X-ray. I [am] waiting on the doctors to come back and let me know what’s the matter with my leg. I’m just waiting on that process.”
The taxi driver said he was hit by a garbage truck as he headed to the Baha Mar resort after dropping three tourists at the airport.
Insisting that he was not speeding, Collie claims the accident was not his fault.
While he hopes sponsorship and insurance will cover the cost of the taxi, which he was renting, Collie said no matter what the future has in store for him, he is just grateful to be alive.
“First of all, I just give thanks for life,” he said.
“Thank God because I don’t know. I don’t even know how I got out of it, but as I said God is do miracles, you know, and he helped me. Thank God I’m still alive to speak to you guys because I was speaking to somebody else and he said this conversation should only be in heaven so I give thanks for life and I’m grateful.”
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice