Joy for mum as surviving son comes home to Little Lever after brother dies in horror crash in Jamaica
A GRIEVING mum has won the battle to bring her son to Bolton to recover from the horror crash which killed his brother in Jamaica.
Jacqueline Holness was left devastated when her eldest son Romaine McLean, aged 23, died in November after his Mitsubishi car collided with a lorry in Lilliput.
Her youngest son, Eshayne Clarke, aged 17, was the only one to survive the crash but suffered a severe head injury.
Miss Holness, who has lived in Bolton since 2004, flew to Jamaica to keep a bedside vigil by her injured son while desperately trying to complete an expensive visa application for him to join her in the UK.
Now the Home Office has granted Eshayne indefinite British citizenship and he is living with his mum in Little Lever.
Miss Holness, aged 39, said: “It was a very difficult time losing my eldest son and I quite often still cry about it.
“It is only thanks to my friends and family that I was able to go to Jamaica and support Eshayne.
“We thought at one point he would never recover properly but luckily he’s doing really well.
“I am so relieved that he is able to come to here and be with me. It’s a huge change for him because the way of life here is so different to Jamaica. He will have a chance for a better education and career.
“He’s an intelligent boy who has had a lot of disruption in his life.
“I hope now he’s here he will do well.”
Eshayne cannot remember anything about the crash or even the month after it happened.
He says it feels like living in “a strange dream”.
Eshayne, who has now enrolled at Bolton College, said: “It feels good to be around my mum but I miss my brother. I’ve watched a video of the crash and I can’t remember anything about it or the month after.
“I can’t believe that I survived when everyone else in that car was killed. It’s like being in a strange dream.
“I feel like I’ve got to wake up at some point.”
Before the crash Miss Holness worked as an administrator at the Bolton Community Transport charity.
The mother-of-three now hopes to find a new job in Bolton.