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Riversdale, St Catherine residents say they are at their wit’s end with authorities over a breakaway along the Berwick Main Road which they believe cost a beloved police officer his life on Monday night.
Sergeant Mervin Ellington, who was assigned to the St Catherine North Division, was driving his private motor car from Riversdale towards Bog Walk at around 10 pm when, upon reaching the Berwick Main Road, he came upon the breakaway that forced his car to run off the road and into a river.
The vehicle reportedly became submerged in water, before residents of the area went to Ellington’s rescue and pulled the unresponsive police officer from the car. He was rushed to the Linstead Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
On Tuesday morning, Riversdale residents went to the scene of the accident to protest over what they say is the authorities’ inaction in dealing with the breakaway, causing Ellington to lose his life.
“Over and over, I have said, a bet you a death going happen and now see it deh,” one man complained.
“The man who died was a very good man, a very good police… they need to address this matter, it is very serious,” he added.
According to the residents, the breakaway has been at that section of the road for many years and has worsened overtime.