Motorcyclist injured in wall collapse July 20 still seeking compensation
A motorcyclist who was rushed to hospital after a rock face collapsed on him wants Government to pay for his bike repairs.
Marvin Iris, 32, is still in pain from the back injuries he suffered during the accident in St George’s on July 20 and his Honda Scoopy 125 is badly damaged.
The Royal Gazette: “As a young man, I have gone through my life and I have done things to get myself in trouble but this time I did nothing wrong. The wall fell on me and I’m worse off than me going and doing something wrong. I have got this bike I can’t do nothing with and I can’t get it fixed.”
Mr Iris, of Mullet Bay Road, St George’s, was riding to work along Wellington Lane when the rock face collapsed and debris came tumbling down onto him.
“Debris was falling in front of me. A big rock fell in front of me and I lost control of the bike. I really couldn’t avoid it. All the rubble came down and blocked the whole road. I was lying in the road for about five minutes. A lady came to use the road; luckily, she was a nurse, so she got out of the car, helped me and called an ambulance.”
The father-of-one was released from King Edward VII Memorial later that day and has just returned to work at HSBC, where he is an HVAC technician.
He got a friend to call Public Works Minister Derrick Burgess after the incident to advise him what had happened.
The Ministry issued a statement on July 21 to say Wellington Lane was temporarily closed after the rock face collapsed.
“A significant fall of loose debris slid into the road yesterday morning, following heavy rain,” it said, adding that emergency repair works would be a priority and the road would be open before Cup Match at Wellington Oval.
Mr Iris said: “What they have done in Wellington Lane, they have put up four telephone poles around the area where the debris fell from and a tarpaulin.
“The road is really unsafe for people to be using. I don’t know why it was opened back up without remedying it.”
Mr Iris said he spoke to nearby property owners who told him the rock face was public property and the responsibility of Government. “I definitely think they ought to pay for my bike,” he said. “The bike is severely damaged.”
This newspaper understands the Ministry of Public Works is trying to establish on whose land the rock face sits.
A Ministry spokesman failed to answer questions about the repair work yesterday.
He said: “The Ministry of Public Works is currently in discussions with those affected by the wall collapse on Wellington Lane on July 20, 2011.
“Therefore, it would be inappropriate for the Ministry to make a public comment at this time.”