Father distraught at death of his son found bleeding at the roadside
Oswald “Short Man” DeShong
July 18, 2023
Father distraught at death of his son found bleeding at the roadside

The father of a man who died in hospital not many days after he was found at the road side at Gibson Corner, is distraught over his death.

Ronald “Trump” DeShong also known as “Short Man” died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) last Monday, July 10 at 3:00 p.m. after being taken there on Saturday, July 8, around 5.15 a.m.

Oswald “Short Man” DeShong, Ronald’s father, told SEARCHLIGHT on Thursday that he was awoken around 5:00 a.m. last Saturday by a loud knocking on his door.

He said when he answered, two of Ronald’s friends, one he knows as Junior “Poison” Prince, told him that an ambulance had taken Ronald to the hospital as he was found motionless in the street.

The bereaved father said he went to the MCMH and was told his son was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with extensive brain injury and he could not see him at that point.

He said he called Ronald’s mother Seldine John.

“He never regained consciousness,” Oswald told SEARCHLIGHT, while adding that a doctor came from Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) to perform emergency surgery as blood was circulating around Ronald’s brain.

The distraught dad said his son, a tradesman, died on Monday evening at 3’o clock.

“Is me and he alone live together so that is a great loss for me,” Oswald lamented, while noting that his son was also a trade man and he was told by his son’s boss, Julian Bute that his son had about seven days’ pay on him amounting to around EC$630.

“When I got his property… shoes, purse … no money was in it … even if is a $300, he supposed to have that on him,” Oswald said while noting that with the lack of knowledge of what actually happened, he is entertaining the idea that his son was knocked out by someone and robbed, “of the little crumbs”.

He said as well that there is no truth to the rumour that his son had a huge amount of cash on him.

“He was at Biker Bar liming and everybody see he going in he purse, going in he purse…,” Oswald said. The father noted that an autopsy was done on Thursday but at the time he had no knowledge of the exact injuries his son sustained.

“I hear a vehicle calling up and I have to meet with them (police) to hear what the issue was, but the police said it was extended to the traffic branch.

“I don’t feel happy. Me and he living together and everything I do, I does involve him. I wanted him to learn a trade around different persons.

“He was a willing person, willing to help people. He had his good ways and bad ways but nobody wouldn’t say nothing bad about him,” the Gibson Corner resident said.

Police are said to be treating the matter as a possible hit and run/road fatality.

Reports are that Ronald was found in the road in the vicinity of the Fundamental Bible Church in Gibson Corner by passers-by who were making their way home in a taxi at about 5:00 a.m.