Parents of child who died in GB traffic accident heartbroken 

Two days before her five-year-old son died in a car accident on Grand Bahama, Jaydon Martin, who lives on New Providence, said he called and asked her when he could visit her again.

Jamar McPhee Jr. was riding in a red Nissan Cube with his father last Tuesday when it collided into another car on East Sunrise Highway. Police said two men were injured in the crash, but that the child, Jamar, died.

Martin, 34, said her son’s father, Jamar McPhee, called her shortly after the accident happened.

“… He said something happened to Baby J, that they took him the ambulance,” she said, noting that her son lived with his father on the island.

“He kept repeating himself.

“I said, ‘What do you mean something happened? Where are you?’

“He said, ‘We were in an accident and they take him.’

“I said, ‘Jamar, you aren’t making sense. Tell me exactly what happened.’”

At that point in the conversation, Martin said McPhee put his phone down to speak with someone at the scene.

When he picked it back up, he told her, “Something bad happened to Baby J. He went in the ambulance.”

She said, “I hung up from him and I remember calling family members in Freeport.

“I called my Uncle Tyrone and I said, ‘Uncle Ty, you are the only person that can get me an answer. Jamar just called me. He said him and Baby J was in an accident and they take him in the ambulance. That’s all I know.

“He said, ‘Ok Jaydon, I’m going to try and find some answers for you.’ That was it.”

At 9 p.m. her uncle called her back and told her that her son was gone.

Later that night, after he was released from the hospital, Martin said she called her son’s father.

“… I called him and said, ‘You are a good father, don’t let anyone tell you differently,’” she said.

“He said, ‘But Jaydon, my baby died in my arms. That’s all I have. What else? I don’t have anything else in this world.’

“I said, ‘Jamar, you just know Baby J took his last breath happy because he was with you. Don’t think about anything else. Don’t question God. He was happy with you.’

“He said, ‘But my child is no longer here.’”

While the two are not together, said she they are “awesome friends” and she could not have asked for a better father for her son.

Martin said her son called her on video chat two days before the accident and asked her if she knew his birthday was coming up.

“I said, ‘Yeah, baby, I know. I was there,’” she said.

“He said, ‘Yeah, I ga be six now mummy.’

“He said, ‘You know I am not in the little school no more right?’

“I said, ‘I know, but it’s nighttime and it’s bedtime.’

“He said, ‘Mummy, I’m not in K5, I go to the big school.’

“I said, ‘But you still have to rest baby.’

“So he looked at his dad on the video and said, ‘Daddy, I have to rest?’

“His daddy said yeah.

“He said, ‘Ok mummy, I’ll watch TV for a while and I will rest, but I’m still in the big boy school now.’

“I said, ‘Baby I know. You’re such a big boy and you are so smart.’

“He said, ‘Mummy, I ready to come back to you soon.’

“I said, ‘But you just went back to your daddy.’

“He said, ‘But mummy I finish, I have to come back.’

“I said, ‘Ok, as soon as you get a break from school, mummy will let you come back.’

“I mean, life is so short [and] so precious.”

She said her son and his father visited Disney World in July.

Jamar loved YouTube and superheroes, she said, especially Spider-man.

He was a “happy and beautiful child”, she said.

Martin recalled how a friend called her one day and told her that her son had uploaded several videos to Martin’s TikTok account.

When asked why he did it, Jamar told his mother, “That’s what TikTok is for.”

She laughed.

Martin said she removed all but one of the videos and archived the rest, videos that she cherishes now more than ever.

“I have a lot of pictures and videos that I just constantly look at because that’s all I have left,” she said.

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Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018.

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