Aaron Smith *Photo supplied
Aaron Smith *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21: The grieving girlfriend of a man killed in a road crash yesterday paid tribute to a loving step-father and father.

Shiquita Tucker said: “We are all still in shock and trying to take it all in. He kept more or less to himself, but he opened up to people he knew.”

She was speaking after Aaron Smith died after his bike was in collision with a car in Devonshire on Tuesday afternoon.

Ms Tucker said he had adopted her son Corey, now 10, as his own after his natural father died when he was a baby.

Call for action

As loved ones mourn their loss, UBP MP Kim Swan has called for the speed limit to be lowered at the stretch of North Shore Road where the accident happened, in light of a number of crashes.

Ms Tucker said of Aaron Smith, pictured right: “He raised my son as my son’s father died when he was eight months old, so he’s been there his entire life.

“He had another son, Naquai Hendrickson, who turns 17 on Sunday — that will be a sad day for the entire family.”

Mr Smith’s younger brother Abdul said their sister Vermicka was making the sad journey from her home in Florida for the funeral.

Abdul Smith added: “Everybody is devastated right now –he hadn’t been sick so we had no chance to prepare for this or say goodbye. We all take care of our health, exercise and watch what we eat. It’s a huge shock.”

He added: “I was the first to arrive at the hospital – but they said he had passed.

“Everybody’s in shock – nobody can believe it.”

Colleagues’ tributes

Colleagues of Mr Smith, who worked for the MarketPlace supermarket chain, also paid tribute to their friend and co-worker.

Mr Smith worked at MarketPlace’s Shopping Centre in Hamilton’s Victoria Street in the produce department.

Group produce manager Don Gaston said: “He was an outstanding guy – I thought a lot of him. He worked really hard.

“I don’t know what to say – I was stunned when I heard it had happened.”

Mr Smith, 45, of the St David’s area of St George’s Parish, had worked at the Victoria Street store and the nearby Church Street MarketPlace for more than a year.

Mr Gaston said: “Everyone at the store thought a great deal of him and he is going to be missed. It was a real shock for everyone here.”

Ms Tucker said that Mr Smith, a former pupil at St George’s Secondary, originally from the Pond Hill area of Pembroke, was a keen fisherman and football fan who was a fan of North Village and Manchester United.

He is survived by sisters Tynetta and Vermicka and brothers Abdul, Kevin and Paul.

Mr Smith died after his motorbike was in collision with the rear nearside of a car outside Terceira’s gas station in North Shore Road in Devonshire.

Mr Smith was given CPR at the scene and rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but he died of his injuries shortly after arrival.

It is understood the bike and the car collided as the car stopped to make a right turn into the gas station just after 2pm.

The two occupants of the car were not injured.

Mr Smith’s death marks the eighth road fatality of the year.

Among the people who rushed to help Mr Smith as he lay in the road was a gas station worker – who was shocked when he recognised Mr Smith as a friend.

The man said: “I recognised the bike, then I saw my mate. It was a terrible thing.”

• A police spokesman said an investigation into the collision was continuing and appealed for any witnesses to contact PC Timothy Evelyn at the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011