Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 23rd 2015 Contents SASCHA WILSON
The Felicity community was
shocked and saddened yester-
day by the death of four child-
hood friends within walking
distance from home.
Ajay Gosein, 23, Premnath
Ravi John, 25, Suresh Nanan,
34, and his cousin Luke Walters,
23, were killed when their car
slammed into a concrete wall at
Cacandee Road, Felicity, shortly
before midnight on Saturday.
John, a handyman employed
with Water and Sewerage
Authority, and Walters, a con-
struction worker, lived a street
John was driving his silver
Nissan Cube, with Gosein in the
front seat and Nanan and Wal-
ters in the back, when his vehicle
ran off the road and crashed into
the fence wall of Estate Man-
agement and Business Devel-
The loud impact jolted vil-
lagers out of their sleep, many
of whom ran to the scene to try
to help. What they found, how-
ever, was four young men
Police believe the accident may
have been the result of a deadly
mixture of speed and alcohol.
Villager Vickram Babulal,
who was one of the first people
on the scene, described the acci-
dent as horrific.
"I saw the fella (John) head
hanging out. One was in the
front seat and the other in the
back seat. One of them was lying
outside the car on the ground,
like he tried to jump out. All of
them were dead.
"I know all of them. They
were good fellas."
Members of the Fire Service
used the Jaws of Life to extract
their remains from the mangled
wreck, police said.
When T&T Guardian visited
the four families yesterday, rel-
atives were still trying to come
to terms with the tragedy.
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Mayor of Chaguanas
Gopaul Boodhan visits
the accident scene at
Cacandee Road, Felicity,
Chaguanas, where four
men lost their lives
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan appealed to
young people to obey the traffic regulations.
Boodhan and deputy mayor Debideen Manick,
who is also the councillor for the area, yesterday
visited the families, extending their condolences
and offering any assistance they could.
Both of them were also on the scene of the
accident yesterday morning.
"Young people, please obey all the traffic rules
and regulations. Too many lives are lost causing a
lot of pain to families and communities. We need
a lot more care and attention on the roadway in
Chaguanas and the roads of T&T...Tragic is too
mild of a word to describe what has happened. I
call upon, yet again, to the senior superintendent,
highway patrol and police officers to continue
with the community policing, so an event like this
will not happen."
Manick said the entire community was in
"There were about 200 villagers here this
morning. It is very tragic and and unfortunate
that four young men in the village, their lives
were snuffed out in a spur of a moment."
Also appealing to drivers to be responsible was
Nanan's relative Sherryann Holder.
"I am begging don't drink and drive, young
people, old people. Stay home if you drink. The
entire community is in shock."
Also visiting the families was manager of the
People's Unit in the Ministry of the People and
Social Development, Asauph Ghany. He said they
will be giving food cards and hampers to the
families. For the families who qualify, he said they
will also be arranging funeral grants. He said the
ministry would be providing counselling to the
families and any other assistance they could
At John's Tahal Street home, his parents,
grandmother and six siblings were all
distraught. His sister Mohani John, 26, said
they had no clue what happened.
"Everybody baffled. As far as we know no-
one has come forward to say they saw what
She said her brother had never been in an
accident before, but he used to drink.
"He is a man he use to drink and lime with
his friends, but I cannot say what happened."
Describing him as a jack of all trades, a
funny and free-spirited person, she said he
was known and loved by all in the
She said he left home shortly after 9 pm to
visit a friend.
When a neighbour heard the crash and saw
John's car, they ran to their home and alerted
"They bang on the doors and woke us up."
Walters' mother was too distraught to
speak with the media, but in a brief interview
with his father Mawanlal at their Boundary
Street home, he said his son left home
around 8 pm.
"I did not know where he was going, but he
usually visits his cousin (Nanan) who living
right across the road."
Gosein, a student, and Nanan, a father of a
nine-year-old girl, lived opposite each other at
Gosein's cousin Avinash Ripla said Gosein
had spent the day hanging out with his
cousins and friends.
"They (the deceased) all grow up together."
Gosein, he said, had an older sister and
lived with his parents. He was studying for a
"He was a jolly and friendly boy," said Ripla.
As tears ran down her face, Nanan's aunt
Phulmatie Bhim, who knew him from early
childhood, said he was like her son. She said
Nanan was still at home around 8.30 pm on
the night of the fatal accident, but she could
not say what time he left home.
"I hear he was liming when he see a friend
with a van and take a ride home, but he never
"He was a nice loving boy and very helpful."
Cpl Francis of the Chaguanas Police Station
is continuing investigations.
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