Negril, Westmoreland, December 13, 2017: National Party Shadow Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Dr. Wykeham McNeill is expressing deep sorrow at the death of Oshane Powell and his cousin, Renaldo Johnson, both of Westland Mountain in Negril in an incident in his constituency on Tuesday. The two young men were electrocuted after a power line reportedly fell on the motorcycle on which they were travelling in the resort town of Negril.
The people in the community, who have mounted protests against the JPS, have said that it was clear that the wires posed a danger and they had reported the situation to the power company on a number of occasions.
Dr. McNeil is calling on the power company to urgently attend to whatever repair may be necessary to restore electricity to the area as the outage is making the situation worse. He is also calling for a full investigation of this very unfortunate matter and ask that the JPS address the concerns of the residents so that justice is served.
He said the death of the two young men is beyond unfortunate and have left their community and the entire constituency in shock and sorrow. He said the people of Western Westmoreland mourned with their families.
“I urge the JPS to do its investigation and do what is good and proper under the circumstances.” Dr. McNeil said. “My condolences to the families”.
Reports are that the accident occurred sometime after 11:30 am as Johnson was riding his motorcycle along the West End main road, with Powell as a pillion, when a power line fell on the bike.