Letter to the editor 1, Jan. 17, 2019

A question of safety

Dear Editor,

On the evening of December 6, 2018 my brother, James Barrowcliffe, a resident of the Manoir Cavagnal in Hudson died in the parking lot of the residence. His body was discovered around 7 a.m. on the morning of December 7 halfway into the entry driveway by a worker from the Daycare behind the parking lot.

She got out of her car and checked on someone she thought had fallen. Unfortunately, James Barrowcliffe was already dead. She called 911 and waited for the responders who came from Hudson. She stayed for over an hour while he was being worked on and until the ambulance arrived. Obviously, there was nothing anyone could do as the body was frozen.

When a family member was called around 11 a.m. by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) from Vaudreuil, he was in shock to find out that our 74-year-old brother was dead and had not been seen or found until the morning. Certainly no chance that there would be any sign of life after being on the ground all night.

The sad part of this story is that after talking to the daycare worker and others in the vicinity, we were told that with no lights or cameras in the parking lot of this seniors' residence, no one would have seen him anyway. It is pitch-black from dusk there in winter. He had resided there for 10 years and always parked just near to the entrance he would enter by right on Main Road.

Sadly his car that night had been parked in the very back left-hand corner. He had been fixing a recliner in his apartment and everything was still on in the apartment when my brother Ron went in with the SQ so we assume that he went out to get a tool or something he had bought to fix the problem.

Obviously it was not to be but the fact that a person fell forward or had a heart attack right in the driveway facing Main Road and because of the darkness could not possibly be seen or helped is very sad.

Maybe the town should consider putting a few lights in a lot beside where seniors come and go.

Carolyn Barrowcliffe


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