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An article in yesterday's paper incorrectly identified Dr Kris Rampersad
as a UWI lecturer. Rampersad is in fact an independent scholar, researcher,
author and educator. We apologise for the error.
A 25-year-old Chaguanas man yes-
terday survived an accident after his
van slammed into a median near Grand
Bazaar, Valsayn but as he emerged from
the wreck he was hit by a truck.
Seconds later, another vehicle hit him,
throwing his body into the roadway and
a fourth vehicle ran over the victim s
The man, identified as Rennie
Sookdeo, the manager of Cham s welding
shop in Chaguanas, was returning home
after celebrating a friend s birthday party
The accident took place around 4 am
while Sookdeo was driving along the
Churchill Roosevelt Highway near Grand
Officers who were first on the scene
described it as "gruesome" and "unusu-
al."Sookdeo s family, who live on Caroni
Savannah Road, were in shock when
the Guardian team visited.
They described Sookdeo as well-liked
by employees at the welding shop which
his father owned.
Relative Kerry Maharaj said Sookdeo
was pleasant but quiet and respected
Northern Division Police are still
investigating the accident.
In a second fatal accident two hours
earlier, Chaguanas police are questioning
a St Augustine man, following the death
of 68-year-old Una Belgrave.
The man, a 28-year-old businessman,
driving a Mercedes Benz, reportedly left
the scene after the accident.
Three other people in the Ford Laser
Hours later he went to the Chaguanas
Police Station with his attorney to give
He was given a breathalyzer test which
he initially failed.
While awaiting the second test he
reportedly complained of feeling unwell
and was taken to the Chaguanas Health
Facility. He remained in police custody
up to press time being questioned by
The accident took place at around 2
am, as Belgrave returned from a friend s
wake in South Trinidad. Belgrave lived
on Church Street in St Thomas Village,
At her family home yesterday family
members were red-eyed and crying,
unable to cope with their loss.
Belgrave s son, who stood under a
tent in the family s yard, set up for his
mother s wake, could only shake his
head at the tragedy.
Belgrave s nephew, an ASP in the
Police Service, Wendell Lucas expressed
his sorrow in a post on social media.
Lucas stated that only three weeks
ago, at a police press briefing, he warned
drivers to exercise caution on the nation s
According to police, the Laser was
heading north towards Chaguanas when
a black Mercedes Benz reportedly over-
took on the shoulder of the highway
and collided with the Laser.
The Mercedez Benz overturned on
the roadway and the Laser ran off the
road, police said. Belgrave s body was
flung from the car and she died at the
scene. An ambulance arrived shortly
after and took the three other occupants
of the vehicle for medical treatment at
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex in Mt Hope.
A third vehicle, a white Toyota Fielder,
driven by SRP Police Constable Mayers,
was also struck.
The road fatality toll now stands at
The mangled wreck of the vehicle in which Una Belgrave (inset) was killed on Saturday.
Hit by truck,
Relatives of twin sisters Khadijah and Khertima Taylor, who were killed in a vehicular accident in 2013, join
relatives of other accident victims at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain in observance of World Day of
remembrance for road traffic accident victims hosted by road safety lobby group Arrive Alive.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
GETTING IT RIGHT
In an interview last night, Arrive Alive
president Sharon Inglefield said people
needed to be responsible for their own
safety and obey the speed limit.
"We look forward to the speed
management legislation and the revamping
of Motor Vehicle Authority to assist our
police enforcers to control the recklessness
on our roads," Inglefield said.
She reminded citizens to plan ahead by
designating a sober driver or organising a
taxi before events.
"Speed does kill and certainly speed
mixed with alcohol is a poisonous cocktail."
Inglefield thanked Works and Transport
Minister Fitzgerald Hinds for attending the
group's event at the Queen's Park Savannah
Last week, co-ordinator of the Road
Safety Project, Brent Batson, said the TTPS
continued to appeal to road users to drive
safely, especially as most people are looking
forward to spending the Christmas holidays
with their families.
"We continue to appeal to all road users
to obey the highway code, the speed limit
and practise safe and courteous driving,"
Speed mixed with alcohol: A poisonous cocktail
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