Jamaican Woman and Family Among Dead in Bridge Collapse in Italy

Jamaican Dawna Munroe, her Italian husband Cristian Cecal, and their daughter Crystal, died in the bridge collapse.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday August 21, 2018
– It has been confirmed that Jamaican Dawna Munroe, her Italian husband Cristian Cecal, and their nine-year-old daughter Crystal, who was also born in Jamaica, were among the dozens of people killed when a bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy last Wednesday.

The bodies were recovered yesterday from the family’s crushed car in the rubble that was left when a 200-metre section of the bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France, collapsed in the Italian port city, plunging vehicles and debris to the ground 50 metres below.

The discovery of their bodies has taken the death toll in the accident to 43.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who confirmed the deaths, said it was “a most tragic and traumatic incident and we continue to pray for all the families and the country of Italy during this difficult period of national mourning.”

“Although we are only commenting on the matter of the Cecal family now, the Ministry has been communicating with relatives through our Ambassador as well as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Rome and has offered support. We are, however, mindful of certain sensitivities surrounding the event and must always act responsibly and in ways that are in the best interest of the families,” she added.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed that representatives of both families are in Italy and that in light of the Italian citizenship of the family, the government of that country “has taken charge of the situation and has assigned a Red Cross Representative to provide additional support”.

The company that operated the bridge has set up a fund for victims’ families, as well. And the Italian government has set up a commission to examine the causes of the disaster.

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