A La Clery minibus driver who became the victim of an attack by another motorist in a video that has gone viral, has been speaking about the incident.
“I came from La Clery, so when I reached in town by the Marketing Board a driver was in front of me but he wanted to reverse and go inside the Marketing Board,” Gabriel Alexander, alias Gabs, recalled.
He told St Lucia Times he tried to make space for the vehicle that was reversing.
“I was behind him,” Alexander explained.
According to the La Clery minibus driver, the other motorist was not paying attention and scratched the minibus that was behind him.
“He himself did not even see that he knocked my vehicle,” Alexander stated.
He however said that the other motorist claimed that things had happened the other way around and that he, Alexander, had hit the other vehicle.
Alexander said he subsequently went about his business but the other driver followed him accusing him of being at fault.
“He bring a friend. The friend told me I have to pay for that. I told him I didn’t knock the fellow. He was the one who reversed and knocked me. It was a little scratch. That was not a thing to call the police or anything,” the La Clery bus driver recalled.
He said the other driver left.
But Alexander said when he reached La Clery by the junction near the former Wintrades Supermarket, a vehicle pulled in front of his.
“I never recognised that it was the same guy,” he told St Lucia Times.
“He come after me and tell me I have to pay. I tell him ‘I don’t owe you because I did not knock you. I don’t owe you all because is your driver that knock me,” Alexander stated.
He said as he was speaking, the man began punching him.
Alexander said because of the type of seat belt in his vehicle, it was difficult to free himself because it had tightened on him.
“I try and protect himself from him knocking me and at the same time I try and release the seat belt, “he explained.
“Other people came. They tried to push him and things like that. They push him, then he came back again behind me, then I try my best to see what I could do to protect myself.”
Alexander admitted that his efforts at self defence included reaching for a cutlass in his vehicle which fell from his hands.
He said after the incident he sought medical attention and made a report to the police.
(Story updated to correctly reflect alias)