It was a tragic end for 88-year old Wilfred “Bucks” Bascombe as he died on Friday night when a truck ran into his small wooden house alongside the Calivigny main road.
The elderly man who was often seen sitting in front of his house and relaxing had no chance as the unexpected visitor slammed into the house.
“Bucks”, the father of eight children, sustained major injuries.
THE NEW TODAY newspaper understands that “Bucks” was lying on his bed listening to the radio around 11.20 p.m where the truck travelling in the direction of St. George’s to Westerhall ran off the road and into the house, smashing his face.
“Bucks who was originally from Beaulieu, St. George’s was living in the house along with his female caretaker and her male companion.
According to a family member, only the deceased and the woman were in the house at the time of the accident.
It was also reported that a woman who was travelling in the vehicle with the driver was thrown out the window of the truck and had to be taken to the St. George’s General Hospital for treatment to her injuries.
Family members described “Bucks” as very jovial and one who had a passion for agriculture, especially growing the food that he ate almost on a daily basis.
According to one of the sons, his father had just planted a set of bananas and was looking forward to reaping them.
A police report said that the driver of the truck, Simon Joseph, has been charged with dangerous driving.
He appeared before a St. George’s Magistrate Court on Monday and was granted bail in the sum of EC$30, 000.00 with two sureties.
Joseph is due to reappear in Court on March 2, 2015.