Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Antony Anderson said Constable Donald Carr was “driving at normal speed on the highway” when the fatal crash happened on Saturday, April 30.
Anderson, at a Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) press briefing on Tuesday, sought to clarify allegations surrounding the fatal crash that injured a passenger and hospitalized him in critical condition.
He said that based on preliminary investigations with the help of the computer aided dispatch system located in the JCF vehicles, they were able to timestamp the events of the night in question.
“Toll records show Constable Carr entered the toll at Golden Grove and this is the first toll as you leave the Mammee Bay roundabout heading south towards Kingston at 9.51pm. The crash site was about 2-3 minutes from the normal speed toll plaza on the freeway,” Anderson said.
“A call was made to the Police Emergency Control Center (PECC) in Kingston at 10.33pm. The caller said she called her friend (who is Carr) and a woman answered saying she was a passenger in the vehicle and they met in an accident along the freeway north-south shortly after crossing the first toll. added.
Commissioner Anderson said the call was immediately transferred to the Area Two control center for further coordination, where further information was obtained through a phone call from Constable Carr, to which the passenger had answered.
“The injured woman, who answered that phone and reported that she had crashed and was in a ditch and had been there for a long time, but she didn’t know exactly where she was found. She indicated she couldn’t move and Carr was unresponsive,” Anderson said.
“At 10:50 p.m., the Police Emergency Control Center contacted Highway Patrol and a unit responded immediately. At 11:07 p.m., the crash site was located by the PSTEB team. The PSTEB team at his arrival assessed the situation and, depending on the nature of the injuries, called an ambulance,” he said.
Anderson said two vehicles from St Ann were dispatched to the crash site. One of them took Carr to St Ann’s Bay Hospital who arrived at 00.16am.
“The search and rescue operation from the first call to the PECC until the member arrived at the hospital took one hour and 43 minutes. Based on what we know so far, the responders were commendable, they acted with alacrity and professionalism. These are the verifiable facts at this point and investigations are ongoing,” Anderson said.