Police probe death of pilot in car crash

The deceased Andy Bowman.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Police said on Monday that investigation into the vehicular accident that resulted in the death of a pilot on Sunday was continuing.

Andy Bowman, 30, of Kingstown Park, died when the vehicle he was driving — PK302 — ran off the road in Prospect Sunday night.

According to police, Bowman lost control of the vehicle and fell out as it went over an embankment.

He died on the spot.

Felix Ansell Bowman, brother of the deceased, who also an occupant of the vehicle, was up to Monday still warded at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, according to police.

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26 thoughts on “Police probe death of pilot in car crash

  1. Vincentians, wear your seat belts!!! This is not a cliche, but seat belts actually saves lives. Unfortunately, a lot of Vincentian men feel that wearing a seat belt is being a “sissy”, so they play MAUCHO and refuse to buckle up. My condolence to the surviviors, but I hope others take warning. Accidents do happen, but wearing a seat belt may mean the difference between life and death.

    Posted by Eric Williams | May 8, 2012, 09:26
    • As Andre’s cousin I find your comment extremely insensitive. You are not telling us anything we do not know. However, you are generalising and stereotyping men. By the way I am not a man. Have you any idea what our family is going through? Samantha Clarke, England

      Posted by Samantha Clarke | May 8, 2012, 15:11
    • He didn’t die because he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. He died because he put his youngest brother’s safety ahead of his own. He died because he was trying to get out of the vehicle to get his youngest brother out of the vehicle and to safety – his youngest brother whom he refused to leave behind earlier that night.

      Maybe you should try to find facts before stereotyping vehicular accidents. Your ignorance is appalling.

      Posted by Felix A. Bowman | May 9, 2012, 09:26
  2. What I want to know is why is there a continuing investigation? …how long is it going to take to determine this was just an unfortunate accident? Are we going to have a “CSI” type RE-CREATION OF THE ACCIDENT TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT?

    Let me endorse the comments of ERIC WILLIAMS in regards to seat belt…I know for a fact that a lot of men in Vincyland has a negative view of using their seat belt…I remember being laughed at by some male friends when they saw me buckling up… I just ignored them. I am certain Vincy drivers are much more enlightened about the use of seat belts than ever before and are indeed buckling up; but evidently there still seem to be a certain level of complacency among our drivers.

    R.I.P Mr Bowman.


    ***Motorists are 25 times are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when they are “thrown clear” than when remain inside their vehicle.

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among people age 44 and younger and the number one cause of head and spinal cord injury.

    More than 90 percent of all motorists believe safety belts are good idea, but less than 14 percent actually use them.

    Safety belts when used properly reduce the number of serious traffic injuries by 50 percent and fatalities by 60-70 percent.

    For maximum protection safety belts should be fastened before traveling any distance or speed. Seventy-five percent of crash deaths and injuries occur within 25 miles of home. More than half of all injury-producing motor vehicle crashes involve low speeds under 40 m.p.h.

    In a 30 m.p.h. collision an unbelted 160 lb. Person can strike another passenger, crash through a windshield and/or slam into the vehicle’s interior with a 4,800 lb. force.

    Motorists can increase safety belt usage by example and verbal reminders. Nine out of 10 people buckle up when asked.

    Safety belt use is one of the best defenses against the unpredictable actions of the drunk driver.

    Posted by Saadiss | May 8, 2012, 13:45
  3. We need strict drinking and driving laws in svg

    Posted by Jason | May 8, 2012, 14:52
    • Who said he was drinking though…
      Don’t talk when you weren’t there.

      Posted by r | May 9, 2012, 07:00
    • He was not drunk. Why would you post this unless you are assuming that he was drunk?

      Posted by Felix A. Bowman | May 9, 2012, 09:21
    • he wasn’t drunk.

      Posted by Someone | May 9, 2012, 09:40
    • You indeed make a suppostion which you really should not do. We are all innocent until proven guilty. It is extremely easy to judge, but you are not the Jury. If you have a concern about drink driving, which I myself feel very strongly about, perhaps you should air your concerns in the correct arena. You may wish to retract your comment having no knowledge whatsover of the nature of this terrible accident which has led to the death of our loved one. Please do not be so blaise with your comments.

      Posted by Samantha Clarke | May 9, 2012, 14:58
  4. I’m sure you mean’t well by making your comment Eric, but to family and friends reading this…you have offended them. Please be careful of your choice of words in the future. People are hurting – this is someone’s son, father, brother, boyfriend!!! And make sure you get your facts straight. Calling people sissy or maucho isnt going to change the fact that our flesh and blood is gone!!

    Posted by SMC | May 8, 2012, 15:46
  5. Proven time and time again in most circumstances that chances are better if you remain in the car during an accident.

    Posted by Jeannine James | May 8, 2012, 16:07
    • Even if the lives of other loved ones are at risk?

      In a situation like with and with a person like Felix Andre Bowman, he would put his loved ones above himself.

      Posted by Felix A. Bowman | May 9, 2012, 09:28
  6. I am certain ERIC WILLIAMS CAN FIGHT HIS OWN BATTLES, but as someone who endorsed his aforementioned comments, I feel a sense of obligation to come to his aid.

    Now what did ERIC WILLIAMS SAY TO OFFEND ANYONE? I see nothing “insensitive” about what he stated…am I missing something here, C’mon Ms Samanthan Clarke, yes we can understand how you are feeling at this moment, but quite frankly, you are overreacting. Are you going to take umbrage to every critical comment make henceforth? If someone speaks about drinking and driving as JASON alluded to, is he being INSENSITIVE?.if someone speaks about speeding, are they being INSENSITIVE? Is JEANNINE JAMES comment INSENSITIVE? Are we to CENSOR OURSELVES SO THAT YOU CAN GRIEVE IN PEACE? ARE YOU NOT MERCIFUL MY FAIR LADY?

    ..And what facts do we have to get straight?..are we in a court of law…we are merely expressing our opinions and i am certain Mr Chance will not publish anything that is libelous to his cause; but if you have the facts then please enlightened us.

    My far lady, may your sorrows subside in time and your heart be less troubled…and may your radiance return to brightened those so fortunate to be in your presence. I bid you a good day.

    Posted by Saadiss | May 9, 2012, 04:25
    • Oh be quiet please. My family is grieving. Your stupid comments do not help. Nothing you say is doing anything for anyone. If you want to have a discussion about drink driving & seatbelts go ahead but don’t use my cousins death as a means to do it – painting him out to be some drunk idiot who never wore a seatbelt. We don’t care to hear your opinions so be quiet when you don’t know the facts.

      Posted by r | May 9, 2012, 09:17
    • Actually, alluding to things that don’t even apply to this particular scenario is ignorant and shows a lack of intelligence on the poster’s part.

      Posted by Felix A. Bowman | May 9, 2012, 09:30
    • Mr Chance’s professionalism can’t even get names correct, so libelous acts may occur.

      Posted by Someone | May 9, 2012, 09:37
    • Just for the record, my name is Samantha Clarke, not as you have chosen to spell it. I suspect you are missing the point. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, to make comment and judgment on circumstances of which you have to knowledge is not acceptable. I’m am in somewhat of a quandry regarding your comment to getting facts straight, how ironic when no one, not even our family are aware of the facts: yet you presume to know the facts! All of the aforementioned comments are insensitive. I am sure if someone were to judge and make presumptions about a death of a member of your family, God forbid not, you would feel somewhat aggreived. I have no intention of enlightening you of any further with regards to this matter. However, what I will say is that you should perhaps taking a course in English Literature, alongside Humanties. There is no need to respond as I, nor any other members of the Bowman family wish to converse with you. I only hope and pray that a tragedy such as ours does not befall you. I make the ASSUMPTION that you do not believe in God.

      Posted by Samantha Clarke | May 9, 2012, 15:32
  7. It was never my intention to offend anyone moreso the relatives of Mr. Bowman. There is no question that my article was misconstrued by some, who missed the gist of my statement. To the family members, I feel your pain since tomorrow marks the third anniversay of the loss of my 21 year old son by homocide. I was speaking in general terms when I mentioned the term Sissy and Maucho, but I could definitely see how my statement could be interpreted in the way it was. I knew Mr. Bowman just be seeing him. In the late eighties, I worked for Mustique Airways as an Aircraft Engineer, and whenever I visited SVG, I stoped by the Hangar and say hello, and that’s how I met him. My condolence to the family members and my sincerest apology.

    Posted by Eric Williams | May 9, 2012, 09:36
    • Thank you Eric. And I’m sorry for the loss of your son.

      Posted by SMC | May 9, 2012, 12:21
  8. I hope that at a later date, after the Police have done their investigation, we can get the facts of this case because I am confused. The following comment:
    “He didn’t die because he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. He died because he put his youngest brother’s safety ahead of his own. He died because he was trying to get out of the vehicle to get his youngest brother out of the vehicle and to safety – his youngest brother whom he refused to leave behind earlier that night.”
    posted by Felix A. Bowman conflicts with the what is reported in the article. I supposed that Mr. Felix A. Bowman is privy to information that the Police dont have.

    Posted by Eric Williams | May 9, 2012, 12:11
    • It’s excellent that you feel confident quoting an article that can’t even get names correct.

      This is not better than the Searchlight article that even got the license plate of the vehicle incorrect.

      Which doesn’t even compare to the TV News reporting my brother’s age incorrectly.

      I was informed that a police office attached to Kingstown mentioned that my brother was speeding. This matter was handled by the Calliaqua police. Strangely enough, the individual driving behind him when he went off the road reported that he was not speeding. He was driving with a vehicle in front and behind him.

      It seems that I am privy to information that the police seem not to have. I’d prefer not to continue any of these discussions as it seems that ignorance is the only winner in these comments.

      If what I have shared in this comment doesn’t convince you then I’m afraid that nothing will.

      Posted by Felix A. Bowman | May 9, 2012, 18:18
  9. I am sorry, belatedly, to hear of your great loss, also, ERIC. I can’t begin to fathom the depth of your grievous tragedy. Accept this note, for all that it is worth, and hopefully more.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 9, 2012, 12:26
  10. Dear Mr Williams. Thank you for your reply. It is very kind and thoughtful of you to respond. We are a family grieving and it was not my intention to attack you in any way, but just to draw your attention to how ‘off the cuff’ comments can be very distressing. I am fully aware of the dangers of driving without a seatbelt and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol of drugs. My point was that it is so unjust and unfair to make comment without being in full possession of the facts. Your condolences and apology is accepted with thanks. My thoughts will be with you tomorrow. I do not wish to continue this conversation in a public arena. However, I am happy to talk to you if you wish to e-mail me. I do hope the God Lord can provide some comfort to you and may you be forever blessed. Samantha Clarke

    Posted by Samantha Clarke | May 9, 2012, 15:41
  11. Ms SAMANTHA CLARKE, YOU ARE NO LONGER GOING TO CONVERSE WITH ME?..This is astounding! What have I done to deserve such CRUEL AND INHUMANE TREATMENT? Please Ms Clarke, I beg of you…do not leave me like this, the pain is unbearable,.PLEASE PLEASE MS CLARKE, COULD YOU FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO FORGIVE MY TRANSGRESSION…OH LORD HAVE MERCY, DO NOT LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!!! MS CLARKE! SAMANTHA! SAMANTHA!….Samantha? Are you there?

    Posted by Saadiss | May 10, 2012, 00:12
    • SAADISS, which I think should be SADDIST!!! I am of the opinion that you are now choosing to not only make a laughing stock of me, my family and my cousin who is no longer with us. I think you have serious mental health issues and may the Good Lord forgive you.

      Posted by Samantha Clarke | May 10, 2012, 14:42
      • Ms Samantha Clarke, I thought you had no interest in conversing with me…mm..Now, for the record my pseudonym is spell exactly the way I intend; I have been using that handle close to 10 years now, so no need for the spelling lesson. By the way,when someone is called a “Saadiss”, do you know what such vernacular means from a Vincy perspective? You come off as so bourgeois, I bet you a butter bread and a glass of Mauby, you don’t know…wait, what made you assume that I don’t believe in God? My name? Oops!

        As for me making you and your family a laughing stock…no no no, never in a million years, would I do such a thing. I was merely in utter hysteria, when you mention, you will no longer converse with me…I was beside myself, how could this be, sorry, I was just devastated.

        Anyway its nice conversing with you Samantha, I hope you can come back here after your grieving and share your opinions on other issues. I like your tenacity.

        Ms Samantha Clarke, I cannot stress this enough, do not take things so personal…no matter what people say about you or your family on a forum like this…its all ole talk, well at least from my standpoint. Just brush your shoulders off.


        PS: You do know what Mauby is..right?…just checking.

        Posted by Saadiss | May 11, 2012, 01:18

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