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Shock as MidKent College tutor Teresa Cummins is killed by car on Caribbean island Antigua just hours after arriving in the country

By Lizzie Massey

A grandmother on a Caribbean holiday died after being hit by a car just hours after arriving in the country.

Teresa Cummins, a tutor at MidKent College, flew out to Antigua on Sunday, July 19.

According to a close member of the family, at 10.30pm that day she was stood on a pavement outside a pub in the Jolly Harbour area, on the West coast of the island.

Teresa Cummins, 54, died while on holiday in Antigua
Teresa Cummins, 54, died while on holiday in Antigua

A vehicle mounted the kerb and hit Mrs Cummins, killing her instantly.

The driver of the White Toyota Corolla has been identified to the family, and named by the Antigua Observer news website, as Roland Roberts of Urlings, Antigua.

A report is now being prepared for the coroner out there.

There are no drink-drive laws in Antigua and no arrests have been made, but police investigations are ongoing.

"We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the tragic accident involving Teresa Cummins whilst on holiday" - Simon Cook

The family member said from the information they have received from police, it may be possible to make an arrest based on causing death by dangerous driving, or manslaughter.

The 54-year-old from Rainham was a mother-of-two as well as having two grandchildren.

A popular tutor, she taught for more than 10 years at the Gillingham college and was affectionately known as “Mommy T”.

Simon Cook, principal of MidKent college said: “We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the tragic accident involving Teresa Cummins whilst on holiday.

“Teresa has been a highly valued and popular member of staff since 2002 when she joined the college as a personal tutor, working tirelessly to support students throughout the college.

“She will be missed greatly by her friends and colleagues and the students at MidKent College.

“Our heartfelt sympathy is with her family at this very difficult time.”

The tragedy comes almost exactly a year after the death of the college’s much-loved and respected principal Sue MacLeod, who passed away just a month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

It is a third traumatic blow for the college, after 18-year-old hospitality and catering student Safiya Stewart passed away earlier this summer after an epileptic seizure.


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