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A Cunupia man who died in the hor-
rific car accident on the Uriah Butler
Highway on Saturday night had pushed
his best friend, in the passenger seat, out
of the way to save his friend s life
moments before another car ploughed
Aleem Akaloo, 23, the dead driver, and
Nankumar Rooplal, the survivor, had both
watched in resigned helplessness as an
out-of-control red Nissan Qashqai flew
through the air towards them. The air-
borne car, driven by Jillian St Bernard had
been heading north along the highway,
when it struck the median and took off,
landing in the southbound lane.
Her Nissan smashed into the right side
of Akaloo's black Toyota Prado, killing
them both instantly. A badly-shaken
Rooplal survived the accident, which hap-
pened at around 7.30 on Saturday night,
near the Munroe Road Flyover.
The crash led to a major traffic pile-
up, which lasted for more than two hours.
Fire officials had to cut into the metal
of the cars to retrieve the bodies of both
Akaloo and St Bernard.
Recounting the last minutes prior to
the accident, Rooplal yesterday cried
uncontrollably as he gazed upon his
"brother's" casket at the funeral service
Physically supported by his father,
Ganesh Rooplal, Nankumar's face, neck,
ears, hands and upper body reflected the
injuries he sustained.
Unable to say much before being over-
come by grief, Nankumar spoke softly as
he said, "As soon as he saw the car flying
towards us, he pushed his hand out to
save me and he tried to hold on."
Nankumar added, "He say this is it,
Breaking down as he wiped away his
tears, Ganesh choked up as he spoke of
his son's best friend's attempt to save
him. "Aleem saved him by squeezing him
against the door."
Describing Aleem as Nankumar's broth-
er, Ganesh said, "They were always moving
Minutes before Aleem's body was
brought to his house, his father Inshan
When Wayne Brown ran off
the road early yesterday morn-
ing, he hit a lamp pole with so
much force, that the engine of
his Nissan Medallist car
detached and landed about 20
feet away from the vehicle
Brown, 24, died at the scene.
The accident happened
around 6.30 am along the
Rochard Douglas Road in Bar-
rackpore. Wayne reportedly ran
off the road and into a gate and
two lamp poles.
When the T&T Guardian vis-
ited Brown's Gunness Trace,
Barrackpore home yesterday, his
father, John Wayne Brown, said
he had spoken to his eldest child
on Saturday about the dangers
of speeding on the roadways.
There is no official word from
police about speeding being the
cause, but the elder Brown was
sure that it was.
"Just the day before he came
home to relax a little in the
evening and I told him, Boy you
mustn't drive so hard on the
road, where you rushing to go?"
"He tell me he will take his
time and drive and a little while
later he left."
He said neighbours who
stopped at the scene as soon as
the accident happened told him
Wayne was alive for a few min-
utes after the crash.
"The neighbour saw it (acci-
dent) and said Wayne was mov-
ing his head a little and his feet
were outside the car, like he was
trying to get out. But the seatbelt
was very tight on his neck and
it looks as though it choked
him...he was also bleeding from
"A few minutes passed and
the neighbour said he just saw
Wayne's foot go limp."
He said fire officers had to
cut the seatbelt from his son's
body before removing his body
from the mangled wreck.
The elder Brown said his son
had moved in with his girlfriend
a few months ago, but would
visit the family home every day.
"He wasn't staying here right
through, but he used to come
every day. He leave by the girl-
friend to come here this morn-
ing and he would have gone to
work from here."
Wayne was employed as a
His father said he did not
know if his son's car was mod-
ified for speed, but he sent out
a warning to drivers about
"Slow down and drive...you
are not in a hurry to go any-
where, your life is worth more
He made a call for lawmakers
to ban fast' engines from the
roads of T&T.
"I think they should ban all
those fast engines, these roads
are not for modified cars, we
don't have roads for that here."
Brown said he had returned
home from Canada, where he
works as a grape farmer, on Feb-
ruary 2 to spend some time with
"I only came back about two
weeks ago, I don't even know
what bring me back home, it is
such a coincidence this hap-
An autopsy is to be done this
morning at the Forensic Science
Centre in St James to determine
the cause of death.
Barrackpore man latest road victim
Nassiram Mohammed, left, and her daughter Abigail console each
other on hearing of the death of Wayne Brown (inset) who lost his
life along Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore, after he lost control
of his vehicle yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Accident survivor says driver saved him
Akaloo sought to articu-
late the pain the family
was experiencing as he
said, "It real hurting me.
He was everything to
Inshan explained that
Aleem and Nankumar left
home to pick up Aleem's
13-year-old sister at
Movietowne, Price Plaza, Chaguanas.
An only son whom he described as "wonderful,"
Inshan said, "He did everything for me in my busi-
ness. He was the backbone of my business.
"I don't know where I am going from here...."
Inshan trailed off.
Up to yesterday, police officers were yet to inter-
view Nankumar about the accident.
Aleem was buried according to Muslim rites at
the Munroe Road Cemetery.
Asked if he had a word of advice to other
motorists, Inshan appealed to drivers, "Take your
time, if you are sleepy, park up and take a rest.
Please don't drink and drive." There is no suggestion
from the police speeding or sleepiness caused St
Barnard to lose control of her Qashqai.
At her Santa Rosa home yesterday, a few of her
co-workers gathered along with grieving family
They all declined to speak with the media.
St Bernard was employed as a business intel-
ligence analyst with Digicel Trinidad and Tobago.
Neighbours indicated that the St. Bernard family
had only moved into the area several months ago
and had kept to themselves.
According to the police report, around 7.20 pm
on February 20, St Bernard lost control of her car
and struck the median.
The accident occurred in the vicinity of the
Munroe Road Flyover.
...as car hurtled towards them
Nalini Akaloo, right,
mother of Aleem
Akaloo, is supported
by a relative as she
is taken to view the
body of her son
before the funeral
service at their home
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