A heroic taxi operator, Dane Reid, 41, from Kent Village in Bog Walk, St Catherine took his last breath seconds after fighting to save the lives of five passengers in his vehicle who were making it across Flat Bridge in the parish.
Latoya Reid-Turner, the sister of the deceased told our news team that based on reports she has received, had it not been for Mr Reid’s heroics move, the car-loaded with people would have ended up in the deadly Rio Cobre that runs beneath Flat Bridge.
Mr Reid was no stranger to Flat Bridge, considering that he drove across it on numerous occasions daily while he operated on the route between Linstead and Spanish Town in St Catherine.
Things, however, took a turn for the worse.
On reaching the Flat Bridge, passengers noticed that he gasped for air while the car suddenly rode the bumps of the bridge.
Reid held onto the steering wheel firmly with both hands in a bid to prevent the car from getting out of control. He managed to get control and took the car off the bridge, stopped it, and took his last breath just after he crossed the bridge,then collapse in his seat.
He had no medical complications except hypertension, which was under control.
Based on autopsy results, died of a heart attack on February 25.
Mr Reid who operated public passenger vehicles for many years, was well-known and highly respected especially in the Bog Walk area.