He was just twenty seven years old, father of one child, and was unable to survive this horrible, tragic bobcat tractor accident which killed him almost instantly.
He left home that Tuesday morning, hustling to get to work as usual, a work he enjoyed very much, but never knew that it was to be his last hours of work.
Kevon Nelson, alias Balzie, a resident of La. Poterie in St. Andrew, an employee of C.C.C was pronounced dead on arrival at the Princess Alice Hospital shortly after he crashed in a bobcat, while on the job on the St. Johns road in La Digue.
The deceased was involved in his daily routine when tragedy struck, the machine slid of the road into a sixty foot precipice. The incident brought the team’s work to a halt as all other employees immediately downed tools turning their attention to rescuing their colleague, who was still trapped on the inside of the over turned equipment while gasping for the last breath of life.
The bobcat is reported to have somersaulted numerous times before it finally came to a stationary position between two huge boulders, wheels up.
A badly injured Nelson was later removed from the machine with the assistance of six workers and then taken to the Princess Alice Hospital, and was pronounced dead on arrival.
The police visited the scene of the accident and later the deceased at the hospital as part of protocol in their investigation.
Workers are also said to have stormed the Princess Alice Hospital to find out Nelson’s status and to get a final glimpse of the deceased.
Family members and mother of the deceased still in moaning and traumatized over the incident are yet to come to grips with the reality of his horrible death. His mother also visited the hospital and described her son’s death as shocking, tragic and mysterious. “I find this thing is foul play” the mom said, “like somebody sold my son, everything about his death is unusual” she told the Informer.
The mother of six, two girls and four boys told the Informer reporter that days later her dead son’s wallet and cell phone could not be found, and she still haven’t received any satisfactory word which could bring her some form of comfort from the company he worked for.
“I watched my son just the Friday before, he was a player on the Trench Town football team, being stamped in the stomach while on the field, fell to the ground and rolled in pain and later said to me that’s all in the game.” The last words he said before leaving for work on Tuesday, goodbye to everyone not knowing that it was the last goodbye he was saying, as he was not coming back.
At the time of the accident, Nelson was operating a white bobcat no. 853 in the construction of the multi- million dollar St John’s farm roads project.