St Jude Hospital (SJH) has reiterated a call for an effective traffic management system to be introduced on the highway East of the medical facility, after a security guard at the institution died in a road accident Wednesday morning.
Police identified the deceased as Agapitus Louis, 61, of Micoud.
Police say he was crossing the highway when a Toyota HiAce bus struck him.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of SJH, Wayne Harrow, recalls that earlier this year an elderly woman lost her life in the same area.
“From there on the Board of Directors and management of St Jude have been engaging the authorities and requesting some form of traffic management system for the highway at the side of the stadium,” Harrow told St Lucia Times.
“It seems to me that their belief or their conclusion is that highway cannot have speed bumps, traffic lights or pedestrian crossings which I totally reject,” the SJH official declared.
Harrow observed that traffic management initiatives are in place in areas like Dennery, on the Richfond Highway and in Laborie.
“I am really concerned that their conclusion or their reason for not engaging is nonsensical,” he declared.
Harrow noted that there has been another tragedy, this time involving an SJH security guard.
He said the highway needs regulation.
“The minibuses offload passengers, they take on passengers on the highway – persons coming to visit the hospital are older persons, some limping, they’re not well most of them and they have to try to manoeuvre their way to cross a busy highway,” he explained.
“It’s time we do something,” Harrow told St Lucia Times.