Driver arrested in Jessie Perry crash

The driver involved in the crash which left 21-year-old Jessie Perry in critical condition with extensive burn injuries has been arrested. 

The 32-year-old, who was also injured in the crash and remains in hospital, was arrested and bailed on suspicion of dangerous driving, police confirmed Saturday. 

Ms. Perry was still in a critical but stable condition on Sunday morning, according to family members, after being flown to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday night. 

She suffered burns over 80 percent of her body when the car she was traveling in crashed into a curb on West Bay Road, flipped over and caught fire, in the early hours on Monday. Police said the vehicle’s fuel line ruptured and the car ignited. 

The driver suffered 20 percent burns in the accident. His injuries were not life threatening, police said. 

Ms. Perry’s aunt, Jacqueline Ebanks, said she was relieved her niece had been able to fly to Jamaica for treatment just before midnight on Thursday, after days of negotiations to find a hospital that could take her. 

“She flew out successfully and is as stable as can be for now,” Ms. Ebanks said. “I am here praying and keeping my fingers crossed, waiting for news. 

“When she comes through the critical part, that is just the beginning. It’s a long road.” 

Money has been flooding in from the community to help fund the medical costs, which are likely to be extensive. 

“People have been very generous,” Ms. Ebanks said. “I’ve had people calling me from the churches, from charities and businesses and people on the road just giving me $10, $15, $25, even $100.” 

Several big businesses have offered to contribute funds and the family have been given permission to collect donations outside Foster’s Food Fair. 

An account had been set up with First Caribbean Bank in the name of Save Jessie Emergency Fund, with the account number 1045-9786. Anyone who wishes to help can contact Ms. Ebanks on 322-5673. 

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