The West Bay political community is in mourning following the death of the United Democratic Party’s district chairwoman in a car accident.
Mother-of-two Janet Farrington-Martinez died in the hospital after her car veered off the road and smashed into a roadside pole last week.
Ms Farrington-Martinez, who also worked as human resources manager at Global Directories, was described by friends as a passionate UDP supporter, a loving mother and a happy, caring person.
The 42-year-old, who was married with two children, ages 10 and 11, was just minutes from her home in West Bay when the accident happened on Wednesday evening.
UDP leader and former premier McKeeva Bush described her as a “cousin, confidant and intelligent and ardent supporter”.
He said: “She was a loving and excellent daughter, mother and wife.
“As chairman of the UDP in West Bay, she assisted me over the years in many projects from nation building scholarships and emergency shelters to issues that affect women and children in the district and island wide. Her loss is not easily replaced.”
Mr. Bush added that she was a great example of how young women could carry themselves.
“Her two small children and her mother will feel her loss more than anyone else,” he said.
Eileen Keens, who worked with Ms Farrington-Martinez at Global Directories, said staff at the company had been shocked and upset at the news of her death.
“We are a small company and she was the glue that held everything together. I don’t have words to explain what a loss this is,” Ms Keens said. “She was the life and soul of the party. We couldn’t have a social event without Janet.
“She had a lovely, bubbly personality and she always had a brilliant smile on her face,” she added. “It is just so sudden and such a tragic accident.
She was so close to her home when this happened.”
She said Ms Farrington-Martinez had been travelling between her mother’s house and her own home in West Bay when the accident occurred.
In a statement on Thursday, police said Ms Farrington-Martinez had been driving a 2001 Toyota Rav 4 along Mount Pleasant Road when the accident happened at around 8.30pm on Wednesday.
Dr. Delroy Jefferson, medical director of the Health Services Authority, said Ms Farrington-Martinez suffered significant blood loss due to internal bleeding caused by a severely lacerated liver.
She was seen by an Accident and Emergency Unit doctor before 9.30pm Wednesday evening, Dr. Jefferson said, and was given an ultrasound and X-ray to determine the extent of the internal injuries.
“That confirmed the internal bleeding and she was rushed to the operating theatre,” he said. At this point, Ms Farrington-Martinez was conscious, but very pale and in shock from loss of blood, Dr. Jefferson said.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1.10am Thursday.
Mark Macfee, executive vice president at Global Directories, which has offices and clients throughout the Caribbean, said he had received messages of condolences from Aruba, Bermuda and as far afield as Ireland as the news came out last week.
“She was very popular,” he said. “This has been a shock to everyone. We are arranging for counsellors to come in next week to help some of our staff get over the grief.”
Mr. Macfee said she had played a big part in the company’s community work, including helping run beach cleanups and man water stands during a community run for cancer research.
“She had two delightful children, who she would bring along to these events. I think everyone is very upset and concerned right now for those children,” he added.