‘It doesn’t feel real to me yet’
Mother of toddler killed in accident recalls the last time she saw him
By Jonathan Bell
The mother of toddler Nosa'J Stovell, killed in an accident earlier this week, has said the 21-month-old boy was being minded by his aunt at the time he was fatally struck by a taxi.
D'Chelle Allen told The Royal Gazette that she'd last seen her son at 5pm on Wednesday when she came home from work.
“I got home at 5pm, I saw my son, kissed him and said God bless,” Ms Allen said. “He gave me a hug — and that's the last I saw him.”
She recalled her son as a bundle of energy.
The boy's aunt had been minding Nosa'J at home, as the toddler had been unwell earlier in the week.
Ms Allen headed out for netball training, leaving her son in his aunt's care.
She said Nosa'J's carer, accompanied by a friend, had taken the boy from their Mount Wyndham, Hamilton Parish home to the nearby grounds of Bailey's Bay Cricket Club.
“That day he wasn't unwell,” she said, adding that they had gone out to play ball.
“He was coming home to get ready for bed — they stopped at a grocery store and had bags of stuff coming out of the taxi,” Ms Allen said.
She said she didn't know what subsequently happened causing her son to be hit by the vehicle — and didn't wish there to be any speculation.
Accident struck at 7.30pm, and the child was subsequently declared dead at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
“It doesn't feel real to me yet. It just feels like he's at his dad's, like he's still here. I have cried and cried — all Wednesday night, all day. It's easier if I am around a lot of people,” she said.
“I just think of the things he won't get to see. It would have been his first real Christmas this year.
“His dad [Jason Stovell] was hoping to take him on a trip before he turned two.”
A full funeral service is expected to be held at St Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Ms Allen said.