Young soldier succumbs to injuries two days after motorbike accident, becoming second road fatality in eight days

The death of a young soldier – 48 hours after he was involved in a traffic accident – has thrown his family and the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force into grief.

Private Rayaundre “Ray” Carbon of Grays Farm died in the hospital on Wednesday, August 17, two days after he was critically injured in a crash at the intersection of Factory and American Roads.

Reports say that Carbon was riding a motorcycle from west to east on Factory Road early Monday when he attempted to overtake a car. At the same time, however, the driver of that vehicle was turning right onto American Road, and a collision occured.
Carbon was rushed to the hospital by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Expressions of condolences have flooded social media since the news of his death was announced.

This is the second road death in the past eight days; and should a post-mortem exam conclude that Carbon’s death was the result of the accident, then this would be the seventh road fatality for 2022.

Last Tuesday night, August 9, English Harbour resident  Ti-Jon James, 22, had a fatal traffic accident on the Sir Sidney Walling Highway in the area known as “Dog Farm.”