FOLLOWING on the heels on their recently-held sports awards, the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) is trying to come to terms with the passing of national Under-19 youth cricketer, Nick Elibox, who died in a car crash early Sunday morning while driving on the La Retraite Road in Gros Islet.
Elibox was the driver of a car which veered off the road and overturned after he apparently lost control. Four other individuals narrowly escaped, but are nursing minor injuries.
The 19-year-old top order batsman, a resident of Bexon, was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident.
One of Saint Lucia’s brightest young cricketers, Elibox had a supreme talent and was just beginning to realise his full potential as a cricketer.
He was a former student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School. Like Dalton Polius and many other youth cricketers, his cricketing exploits and potential landed him a scholarship at Woodhouse Grove (England) in 2015.
In 2017, Elibox was part of the national Under-19 squad that participated in the WinlotInc/ Windward Islands tournament which was held here from June 26-July 2. Saint Lucia was also able to sit on top of the points table with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Elibox’s death comes exactly two weeks after national footballer and track and field athlete of the Morne Stars Athletic Club, Bradley Cyril, 19, of Beausejour, Gros Islet, and Brandon St. Omer, 18, also of Beausejour, Gros Islet, died when the vehicle in which they were travelling along the Vide Boutielle Highway ran off the road and crashed into a nearby wall.