Members of the Carielle community are mourning the death of a bus driver who served the area.
Joel Nelson succumbed following a collision involving his minibus and a truck on Monday at La Bayee, Bexon.
He was in his early forties.
“He has been one of our most dependable drivers,” the President of the Carielle Minibus Association, Rock Jean, recalled.
“He was one of the drivers who would come out earlier,” Jean told St Lucia Times.
He noted that several Carielle residents converged on the OKEU Hospital, where emergency responders transported Nelson after the accident.
“Yesterday, I had never seen that before – the number of people who came to the hospital when they heard. So many persons came out there, but of course they couldn’t see him because the doctors were trying to stabilise him,” Jean told St Lucia Times.
“Joel had a lot of customers that he would go to meet by their doorsteps and assist them, so the entire community, there’s a Carielle Neighbourhood WhatsApp chat, and you should see the comments there. Even last night, everybody said, ‘Let’s pray for Joel’, when they got the news,” the association President stated.
While giving a woman a ride Tuesday morning, Jean said she disclosed that her six-year-old son was in tears hearing of Nelson’s death.
“The mother had to console him. That tells you the kind of love that the community had for Joel,” the association President explained.
“Joel was always a nice guy. He was also into the taxi business – his private taxi. So Joel would give you his number. If you are stranded, and it’s not working hours, you could call him, and he would come and pick you up,” Jean told St Lucia Times.
And he said the deceased was a personal friend aside from being a work colleague.
“I personally, but the entire community will miss him,” the association President said regarding the deceased father of two.