Spinal injury ruled in hit-and-run death

A post mortem examination has determined that the cause of death in Wednesday’s hit-and-run accident at Gros Islet was spinal injury secondary to occipito-cervical vertebra 1 fracture dislocation due to blunt force trauma to the head.

The post mortem examination was conducted by Doctor Wayne Felicien.

Wednesday’s accident claimed the life of 74 year old Joseph Altidore.

Altidore,a taxi driver, was struck by a motorcycle near the Bank of Saint Lucia Gros Islet branch shortly before 9.am

The motorcyclist fled the scene after hitting the pedestrian and was subsequently arrested by the police.



  1. Anonymous
    June 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Since the Press Release is meant for the public and not just the experts please explain in simple terms the meaning of “spinal injury secondary to occipito-cervical vertebra 1 fracture dislocation’
    Is that the medical jargon for a broken neck? smh

  2. Anonymous
    June 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm


  3. Kc
    June 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    It is a fracture of the upper cervical spine .one can say a broken neck by a shape force .so the motorbike was moving at high speed an some part of it came into contact with his neck at a high speed.. occipito -cervical vertebral fracture :high energy injury is almost always associated with other serious bone and /or soft tissue injuries including arterial and pharyngeal disruption ,and the outcome is often fatal.