Twenty-four-year-old Ian Modeste of Mongo Road, St. John was on Wednesday found dead in the river that flows down to the Lance Bridge in St. John, a few feet away from the newly erected Hubble Bridge. He was fished out of the river by officers of the St. John Police Station.
When the Grenada Informer arrived on the scene the body was still in the river, as the doctor had not yet arrived to officially pronounce death. Informer spoke to the deceased man’s cousin Lakeisha George who recalled that she was on her way to visit siblings when got the news that her cousin Ian was dead.
She said Ian suffered from epilepsy, or seizures and went to the medical centre regularly for treatment and medication. However, going to the river on mornings to bathe was his daily routine. She speculated that he may have encountered difficulties due to his affliction while bathing and could have hit his head on a stone when he fell.
George described her cousin as a very helpful young man who assisted everyone in the community such as helping the vendors at the famous Fish Friday activity and is known by all in the village as very humble and friendly.
A woman from the area who preferred to remain anonymous told The Informer that sometime before eleven on Wednesday morning, as she was on her way “down the road” she observed about four persons standing on the bridge having a conversation and staring up the river. They were commenting that for the time Ian had gone to the river he should have been back already and they had observed a bucket that he normally used to bathe. They suspected that he had had a bout of seizure
During the conversation she said, one of the villagers suggested that the police be called but no one did and some said they weren’t prepared to take any part.
The lady said that she immediately used her mobile phone to call 911 and relate her observations to the police.
A few minutes later she heard that Ian had died but thinks that if quick action was taken by the persons standing on the bridge wondering whether he was dead or alive he may have been saved.
The Grenada Informer was reliably informed that Ian Modeste was the same young man that was sitting on the Hubble Bridge when it collapsed a few months ago.
Grandmother of the deceased Irva Modeste said she always told Ian he should bathe at home instead of going to the river so early in the morning but he ignored her warnings.
She said the morning of the incident when she got up at around after six he had already left for the river.
She described her grandson as a very helpful young man to everyone in the community and she would miss him dearly.