Distraught father speaks about deceased son

A distraught father has described his deceased son, Zane Phillip, as a cool, calm individual who kept to himself.

Etheridge Thomas recalled that it was a shock to receive news last night that Zane had died following an accident last night along the John Compton Highway at about 7:30 pm.

“I ¬†was having dinner and I couldn’t ¬†finish it,” the distraught father told the Times.

His twenty-two year old son was hit by a truck.

“Zane was alright. Everybody liked him,” Thomas said.


(Zane Phillip)

He explained that the young man was heading back to his L’ Anse road residence when tragedy struck.

The father described as ‘lies’ reports that the victim was jaywalking.

“The guy was not in the middle of the road, he was on the sidewalk,” the father said, adding that he wanted the matter to be thoroughly investigated.

He expressed the view that the driver of the truck may have been tired after a long day.

“The police told us that on Thursday they will put everything together with the Doctors – the Doctor and the police and they will give us some more concrete information but for now, they cannot tell us anything,” Thomas told the Times.

He said it would be hard for him to get over the death of his son.

“Even if it takes a hundred years – every time somebody gets in a road accident, I will always remember Zane,” he said.

A post mortem is to be scheduled for a later date.

This is the 1st road fatality for 2017.



  1. Sad-But-True
    January 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    My profound condolences.
    May all Good Citizens like me (Excluding Evil Chastanet,) help to carry your burden.

    1. Anonymous
      March 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm


  2. Yeaaaah!
    January 31, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I feel for this man and the rest of the family. But if u were home having dinner how do u know that ur son was on the side walk when he got hit? I think both sides are hurting. Let’s be careful with the comments made during this difficult time.

  3. peace
    January 31, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Lord have mercy on our souls, my heartfelt condolences to the family of the young man. Life is short, we need to learn to love each other and to mourn with those that mourn.

  4. Vibz
    January 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Sincerest condolences to the young man’s family. It is difficult when an elderly person dies but it is particularly toughest when it is a young person. It’s tough because all the potential of that young man has gone to the grave at an early age. He didn’t get a chance to fulfill his God-given talents. Let’s live well with each other for we know not the hour.

  5. Anonymous
    January 31, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Mercy lord mercy god no best

  6. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    While I agree with the previous posts, let’s also remember this truck driver who is a family man, Father and husband, who is as much distressed and distrot at this inciden and his whole family being in shocked. Let’s also remember them in our prayers. This was an unfortunate accident and my thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP Zane….

  7. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    So why the truck driver not coming out and say what happened why is the doctor and the police they waiting to know what happen choops

  8. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Suffice it to say, he has already been interviewed by the police. The police is conducting their investigation and all will know their finds and determination for charges if warranted. But remember, in the meantime both families are grieving and are in need of our prayers and support. as they go through this difficult time.

  9. Lucians guessing
    February 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Since the family who were not on the bridge knows what happened,why do they want to hear from the driver,the sister said on tv that the truck hit him on the side walk,father while eating his dinner at home knew that his son was.knocked on the side walk ….the driver does not know what happened because every one else seems to know without being there ….choops

  10. Peace not war
    February 1, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    It’s so painful to see people not understanding what is ment by “ACCIDENT”….IT MEANS NOT PLANNED NOT INTENDED NOT REHEARSED…What’s so hard about that .would it make people feel better to hear that driver ending up in the ocean as a.result of that same.accident…come on people no one wants to be involved in this kind of tragedy .so many people are grieving and hurting.Lets allow God to be God and support each other .

  11. Anonymous
    February 3, 2017 at 9:52 am

    May we as citizens of St. Lucia live well with each other, and mourn together. Most of us do understand what its meant by loosing a close family member. Father bless all my St.Lucian people/family.

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