Schoolgirl dies after truck brakes fail

POSTED: 05/8/11 6:59 PM

St. Maarten – A runaway truck coming down the hill on Sucker Garden Road yesterday in the early afternoon fatally hit 12-year-old Sylvia Lynch. The girl died on the spot.

A witness said that the truck driver was coming down the hill blowing his horn as if he wanted to overtake a school bus that had stopped to let the victim off. But while the truck managed to get past the bus, he failed to see the girl who was crossing the road.

Police spokesman Inspector Henson said that the driver had told investigators that he had experienced a break failure. The driver was taken to the police station.

The traffic department and the forensic department were on the scene to investigate the accident.

The 12-year-old victim was a sixth-grader at the Marie Genevieve de Weever School who was looking forward to attending Milton Peters College. She was also in Urmain Dormoy’s generation new status STM band, and a member of the French-side Restorers of Broken Walls Congregation.

The accident sparked outrage among citizens who said that vehicles like the truck that cause the accident should not be on the road at a time when school buses are busy dropping off their charges. The web site SMN Network, which made its pictures available to this newspaper, drew almost fifteen hundred hits after it published the story about the accident.

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