A St James family has been plunged further into mourning as tragedy struck on Wednesday night, claiming the life of a four-year-old boy, who was struck by a car as he tried to cross the road to greet his dad, even while the family made preparations to bury his grandfather today.
The deceased child has been identified as Omar Lionel Lambert, also known as ‘Little Messi’, of Downey Corner in Salt Spring.
Reports by the police are that about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the child and his mother went to meet his father at a location along the Salt Spring road.
On seeing his father, Gregory Lambert, Omar reportedly pulled free from his mother’s grasp and was running across the road towards him when he was struck by motor vehicle, which was being driven by a 49-year-old labourer of the neighbouring Flower Hill community.
The child, who sustained major injuries to his head and lower body, was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he died while being treated.
When The Gleaner visited the child’s home yesterday, distraught relatives were seen trying to comfort Satchell Brown, the grieving mother.