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Police are looking for an auto mechanic who
took a Nissan GTR supercar he was paid to service
out for a joyride on Sunday and crashed it, destroy-
ing the vehicle completely.
Businessman Imitiaz Edoo, the man who bought
the car for his son five years ago, confirmed the
incident yesterday, saying he was shocked at the
man s actions.
"When we heard, we were so shocked. We just
sent it in for a routine service and now it s destroyed."
Edoo, owner of Edoo s Welding and Industrial
Supplies Company Limited, said he and his family
had just returned from a family vacation and were
still on board an aircraft at the Piarco International
Airport when they learned of the accident.
"As soon as we landed and my son switched on
his phone we were bombarded with messages from
friends and people on social media who know the
car," he added.
He said he had spoken to the mechanic yesterday
and the man promised to turn himself over to the
police. He said when he bought the car in 2010 it
cost $1 million.
"I spoke to him and he said he will go down to
the station. He said he will pay us for the car but
that will take years and years. There is nothing to
salvage, we have to suffer now because of someone
else s carelessness."
The car, the same model driven by deceased Fast
and Furious actor Paul Walker in the popular series,
was wrecked and taken to the Santa Flora Police
Police said around 2 pm on Sunday, officers of
the Santa Flora Police Station were called to the
scene by residents of Los Bajos Main Road who
witnessed the accident.
The passengers were identified by police as Ricardo
Millette and Ronald Jeffrey, both of Santa Flora.
The men were taken to the Siparia District Health
Facility where they were treated for minor cuts and
bruises and discharged.
The car, PCS 88, was seen speeding through the
area minutes before the driver lost control as he
reached Madhosingh s Funeral Home. The car went
up into the air, overturned and landed in a ditch,
but not before slicing the branches off a nearby
mango tree. ---SR
Mechanic on joyride
crashes $m car
Yet another family is calling for justice
after a death in the public health sector.
This time, however, Valerie Mc Bernie-
Taylor s family wants justice not only for
her but her unborn twin sons after the
expecting mother was reportedly pronounced
dead on arrival at the Point Fortin Hospital
The family was made to suffer even more
yesterday when an autopsy was postponed
after the pathologist at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, sent the family back to
the San Fernando General Hospital to get
certain documents from her stay there,
including an ultra sound.
Up to late yesterday, however, Mc Bernie-
Taylor s husband, Jason Taylor, had only
received one of the relevant reports from
the SFGH, where his wife was warded for
four days some two weeks ago.
He has to return there this morning to
collect other reports before heading back to
the FSC with all the documents.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian,
Taylor blamed the healthcare system for his
wife s death and cried out for justice for her.
He said Mc-Bernie-Taylor, 24, was seven
months pregnant with twins when she col-
lapsed at her Walker Road, Egypt Village,
Point Fortin, home on Saturday morning.
The family called the ambulance service
but after being told the service would be
coming from Siparia they rushed her to the
Point Fortin District Hospital, where she
"If the ambulance had come on time, my
wife would still be alive," said a distraught
"I need justice for the three lives I have
to live without now. How could the area
hospital have no ambulances?" he asked.
Taylor said his wife had spent four days
at the SFGH after she complained of feeling
ill and he believes doctors saw something
that they never told the family about.
"They did ultrasounds on her but they
never call us in to see the results. They never
told us if anything was wrong. Her blood
pressure was high and I believe they saw
something was wrong and still decided to
send her home."
Disputes doctors' claims
Taylor also denied claims by doctors that
his wife was already dead when she was
taken to the hospital.
"When we get there, they hooked her up
to the machine and I saw the line on the
(heart) monitor going up and down, she was
still breathing, still alive."
He said after standing next to his wife for
ten minutes, he walked outside.
"Five minutes after, the doctor come and
say my wife pass on. Now I hearing them
saying she was dead on arrival. They took
her pressure and everything when we get
there, why they would do that if she dead?"
Mc Bernie-Taylor s sister, Giselle Abraham,
recalled hearing her younger sister s last
cries early Saturday morning.
"I heard her scream out about half one
and when I went to the window, I saw Jason
run out and say she fell down. I ran to their
house and she was lying there with froth
all over her face and running out from her
mouth," she said.
Abraham said family members, desperate
to get help for Mc Bernie-Taylor, used a
wheel barrow to carry her from their home
to a car.
"We put her in the wheelbarrow and push
her to the road where the car was. I hold
her head and her husband and my brother
Abraham said the family is hoping the
autopsy will be carried out today.
No ambulance to take pregnant mom to hospital...
Dad wants justice
for wife and sons
Contacted yesterday, Health Minister
Fuad Khan said a full investigation
would be conducted to determine
whether everything was done to save
the mother and her babies.
Sending out condolences to the
family, he said he had already instructed
the South West Regional Health
Authority to reach out to the family and
offer counselling to them.
In response to the family's claims that
there were no ambulances available at
the Point Fortin Hospital, Khan said he
would not respond to that allegation
until the investigation was completed.
He said when families were in
mourning he gave them the opportunity
to say what they have to say to relieve
their minds, as he knew the death of a
loved one was a very stressful time.
In an interview yesterday, Medical
Director of the SWRHA, Dr Anand
Chattergoon, said he could not say
whether the woman's life would have
been saved if an ambulance had
responded to the family's call. But he
could not say whether there were any
ambulances working in Point Fortin that
night and directed the question to
SWRHA CEO Anil Gosine. Gosine could
not be reached for comment yesterday
as calls to his cellphone went
Chattergoon said to his knowledge,
Mc Bernie-Taylor arrived at the hospital
already dead, but said the autopsy
would clear up all of the family's
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