5 year old Holy Redeemer student dies in traffic accident
There was another tragic loss of life two days into the Easter weekend and it involved yet another school-aged child. Sometime after five p.m., five year old Akeela Wade met her untimely death when a scooter she was riding on along with two other family members slammed into the rear wheel of a Progressive Shuttle bus. While police continue to investigate who is responsible for the traffic fatality, the family of the infant one student at Holy Redeemer Primary School is grieving the loss of their loved one. What is known so far is that Wade was returning to her house after swimming at a pool with some relatives. She was along with nineteen year old Visiona Carcamo and her fifteen year old sister, Kelsey Peyrefitte, on a Honda Elite scooter. At the intersection of Douglas Jones and North Front Streets, the scooter collided into the left rear wheel of the bus. Peyrefitte sustained large cut wounds to the knee and abrasions, while Carcamo received a cut wound to the right side of the face, a broken shoulder and abrasions. Wade, unfortunately, was injured to the head and body and died minutes later at the hospital. News Five spoke with Akeela mother, who says that she was at her salon when she got word of the accident.
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Cynthia Meighan, Mother of Deceased
“My nephew called me and told me Auntie, you have to come and go to the hospital because they take Chelsey to the hospital. I was like Chelsey, but I know Chelsey wasn’t on the cycle. I know it was my daughter-in-law, my other daughter and my granddaughter. I know they were the ones that borrowed the cycle to go to the pool. I rushed over to the hospital and I saw my daughter with her knee all torn up and thing. And I asked her what happened and she told me mommy I noh remember nothing; ih say I noh remember nothing. I asked her where is Visiona and where is my granddaughter because I thought it was my granddaughter and my daughter-in-law. I asked the nurses where are they and nobody was answering me. I ask them again and they said the doctor has to talk to me. So I say, why the doctor has to tell me, is one of them dead? A nurse came to me and asked me, how old is the baby? I said the baby is one. What is the baby name? I said Eyana because really and truly I thought it was my grandbaby that was in that accident. I called my son, the boyfriend of Visiona and I said, son, yo have to come over to the hospital because Visiona and Kesey and the baby ketch ina di accident. In less than fifteen minutes my son was there and he say mom, dah noh Eyana deh ina di hospital….that it is not my grandbaby that is in the hospital. So I say weh yo mean dah noh Eyana because I know dah only Visiona, Kelsey and Eyana dah di one weh stop dah my shop and make I know that they were going to the pool to bathe. So when he tell me ma dah Akeela deh in there. I mean dah noh nothing nice when ih tell me that dah Akeela dah the one weh deh in there. And the reason why I feel it so much is because Akeela dah noh biologically mine. I got Akeela from her mom at the age of three months. And I told that girl that I want to take Akeela and give her a better life. Akeela was a very jovial, warmhearted, loving child. I mean everybody that Akeela come in contact with, everybody was so into Akeela.”
Peyrefitte and Carcamo, according to Meighan, are still traumatized from the accident. Both were discharged, but this morning, Carcamo was readmitted to the K.H.M.H. The bus was driven at the time by forty-four year old Eyeon Anthony Bermudez.