SARASOTA – The victim in a fatal vehicle crash on Friday, April 14th, on the Howard Frankland Bridge has been identified as a member of a Sarasota band, the Democracy Reggae Band.
The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed 61-year-old Oswald Caines, pictured here on the far left, died at Tampa General Hospital following a four-vehicle crash.
The report says the accident happened around 4:40 A.M. Fridayon I-275, just north of Fourth Street.
Investigators say a vehicle swerved to avoid hitting a furniture dolly, lost control and collided with an RV. 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 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.
“The air has been lifted out of the building. I mean it was just, they were a huge part of us. They were a part of our family. He just loved to bring music to people and brought people together from age 2 to 90, 100 year old and they would all be on the dance floor, just enjoying the rhythm of the music,” says Fox.
On the band’s Facebook page, Caines’ wife wrote,
“As most of you already know, the unbelievably sad news that my rock and partner in marriage through thick and thin, better or worse, till death do us part for 28 years has left us in body. But, through the wonderful gift he was given by GOD, he has left everyone around the world with many good memories of his songs, his beautiful smile, his words of comfort. And, who has not had one of his famous hugs?? Always willing to help you when you called on the phone no matter what time to work on chords on a song. And, of, course, we got to have the bad with the good, there was the stubborn Ham too. But everyone, knew he would get over it. He loved his Music, his Mom, who he talked to all the time in England. My Mom, who he always affectionately called “Bonnie J” his grandchildren and his children. He was so proud of his son Joshua that is going to be a Senior in High next, captain of the Football Team at Bloomingdale High School and was so looking forward to seeing him go to college on a football scholarship. He was bigger than life itself. But most of all, he loved all the people that came to hear him play. You were his drive and inspiration. I will be posting details of his Celebration of Life soon. When you go to church today to pray please pray for Oswald and his family and friends.”