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  • Four Holmwood Technical High School students perished in a traffic accident on September 25.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller said it is heart-rending to learn of the untimely deaths of these young people.
  • Cutting short young lives in this senseless way robs the country of the tremendous potential.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed profound sadness at the tragic death of four Holmwood Technical High School students in a traffic accident while on their way to school on September 25.

In a statement from New York where the Prime Minister is attending the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, Mrs. Simpson Miller said it is heart-rending to learn of the untimely deaths of these young people in a traffic accident that was preventable. She says recklessness on the roads has once again brought untold grief to the Holmwood High School family and plunged the nation in mourning.

Cutting short young lives in this senseless way robs the country of the tremendous potential and promise of our youth for the development of the nation. It cannot be that those charged with the awesome responsibility of transporting our children continue to behave without due care and regard for their lives, the Prime Minister said.

I express my deep and sincere condolences to the families and friends of the four students –Kimona Levy, Shaneka Muschette, Okeen Gordon and Tameka Peart.

The Prime Minister who also chairs the National Road Safety Council said the elimination of traffic accidents that result in loss of lives, damage to property, and the pain and grief to families must become a national priority. She appealed to the motoring public and especially operators of public passenger vehicles to be mindful of their responsibility and to exercise due care on the nation’s roads.