St. Kitts Reggae Singer Killed in Four-vehicle Crash in Sarasota Florida


St. Kitts reggae Legend Oswald “Ham” Caines died in a motor vehicle crash on Friday, April 14th, on the Howard Frankland Bridge.

The 61 year old former Bassist and Vocalist for the GI’s Brass International was killed after his Ford F250 overturned in Florida.

The report says the accident happened around 4:40 A.M. Friday on I-275, just north of Fourth Street.

All four vehicles involved in the crash were traveling in the northbound lanes, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

A Toyota Corolla swerved to miss a dolly cart lying in the outside lane and was struck by an RV in the next lane. The RV hit the center median barrier wall and then collided with Caines’ pickup truck. A 2014 Maserati also hit the pickup truck while trying to avoid the initial crash. The RV, however, lost control and went toward the outside shoulder of the road.

The crash closed the northbound lanes of the interstate for hours.

Caines and the Democracy Reggae Band were scheduled to perform in Sarasota Sunday, April 16th, at the Boatyard Waterfront Bar and Grille. The general manager of the Boatyard says there’s a very somber feeling in the air.