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Family appeal for witnesses to fatal crash

Although the death of 19-year-old Jahmeiko Perkins has been ruled an accident, his grieving grandfather says he’s convinced “someone saw him go down” at Parsons Lane, Devonshire in the early hours of Saturday.The Royal Gazette that video footage shows “plenty of traffic” on the narrow rural road where his grandson lost his life.

Heartbroken Keith Philpott told

“From what I understand from police, there was a substantial amount of traffic round the time it happened,” Mr Philpott said.

The camera at a business along Parsons Lane shows numerous vehicles between 4am and 6am last Saturday, he said.

“Because of police stop points, people are using the back roads,” said Mr Philpott. “That’s why we’re appealing for anybody who saw anything at all to come forward and help us put our minds to rest.”

The family of the Devonshire youth say they are satisfied with the police verdict of an accidental death.

“I am happy that the investigation is still ongoing,” said Mr Perkins’s mother, who asked not to be named. She added: “We appreciate that police brought a pathologist in.”

Grandmother Linda Philpott also expressed her gratitude.

Assisted by a forensic pathologist from overseas, police who had previously treated the death as suspicious said on Tuesday that their findings were consistent with a road collision as the cause of death.

Mr Philpott said the night of the crash had been an ordinary start to the weekend for Jahmeiko, whom he had last seen near midnight.

He added that there was nothing unusual about his grandson using Parsons Lane, as he often did, visiting friends in Devonshire.

“I guess it was the element of surprise. He would not have expected oncoming traffic.”

For Mr Philpott, the scene of the crash also holds a grim poignancy. Every time he drives past, he said, he pauses and looks around.

“Ryan Burgess, my godson, died in the exact same spot,” he said. “I call it the drifting corner. Even in a car, you notice it.”

At 8.30am on Saturday, about half an hour before the body of Jahmeiko Perkins was discovered by a passer-by, Mr Philpott happened to be driving south on Parsons Lane.

“I took the turn up Orange Valley Road,” he said. “Had I continued on down Parsons Lane, I would have found him there.”

The pathologist’s subsequent report into the death has afforded the family some peace of mind.

“All of his injuries were on the right-hand side, and they were consistent with him being in an accident,” Mr Philpott said. “He didn’t suffer long.”

Although he believes “the worst is yet to come” for the mourning family, Mr Philpott recalled his grandson as an outgoing and likeable young man who enjoyed scrambler bikes, had travelled to St Lucia as a member of the Warwick Gombey Troupe.

“He was a lover of animals. Jahmeiko kept every animal you could think of. Hamsters, cats, turtles, even chickens. He liked horseback riding and he loved to go fishing.”

Some of his pets remain at the School Drive, Devonshire residence where he lived with his grandparents. The family lived earlier at Rambling Lane, Pembroke.

Now, relatives at the household are gathering pictures and details of Mr Perkins’ life, for a tribute to be released in due course.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police at 247-1504.

(Photo by Akil Simmons) Police at the scene of the road accident on Parsons Lane, Devonshire, which claimed the life of Jahmeiko Perkins last Saturday morning.

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Published August 12, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 12, 2011 at 9:20 am)

Family appeal for witnesses to fatal crash

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