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Baby orphaned as parents
die in crash on CR Highway
One-year-old Kailee-Ann Frederick
will grow up never knowing her parents
as both of them were killed instantly
in a vehicular accident at the Mausica
Intersection of the Churchill Roosevelt
According to a police report, shortly before
noon Kevin Fredrick and his common-law-
wife, Karelle Nicholson were in a white Nissan
Tiida proceeding along the west bound-lane of
the highway when Frederick, who was driving,
apparently lost control of the vehicle.
An eyewitness told the T&T Guardian that
he noticed the vehicle from a distance trav-
elling at a “good speed.”
“It then suddenly stopped and the vehicle
flipped about four times before landing on
its side on the side of the highway parallel to
the late chicken magnate Jai Ramkissoon’s
The vehicle was a mangled wreck and its
sides were ripped off on impact.
Frederick, 25, and Nicholson, 27, who were
in the vehicle were thrown from it onto the side
of the road. They both died instantly.
Kailee-Ann’s car seat, which was in the ve-
hicle, was also thrown out causing respond-
ing police officers and relatives to frantically
search the overgrown grass looking for the
couple’s one-year-old baby.
However, after about one hour a relative
showed up on the scene with the baby girl in
hand. The baby was dropped off at the relative
a short while before the accident occurred.
It is believed that Frederick was on his way
to drop off Nicholson at her place of work.
Frederick originally lived in Arima, while
Nicholson was from Arouca. They, however,
were said to be living in Maloney.
Preliminary investigations carried out by
police officers suggest that the couple may
have been engaged in a heated argument at
the time of the accident.
Relatives who arrived on the scene were
overwhelmed with grief. One woman, who
was screaming and crying uncontrollably,
hurled abusive language at members of the
media and told to leave the scene and to leave
the family alone.
A close friend of Nicholson, who wished not
to be identified, said that Nicholson previously
worked as a sales representative for a popular
clothing store and was a chef in training.
Nicholson also worked as a security guard
The bodies were viewed by the District Med-
ical Officer and removed to the mortuary at
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
in Mount Hope.
The autopsies on the bodies are expected
to be conducted later today.
Investigations are continuing.
Murder in Santa Flora
The community of Rancho Quema-
do in Erin recoiled in shock yesterday
when a young father of three was shot
dead and left in a ditch by his killer,
hours after a community sports day
According to police, Carlon Seerattan,
30, was walking close to Los Charos Junc-
tion in the company of his friend, Rondell
Jervais, 28, around 12.30am when the two
were approached by a lone gunman. The
two were leaving the area after liming at
the sports day.
The man fired several shots, hitting Seer-
attan in the chest and killing him.
Jervais was also hit and is warded in the
San Fernando General Hospital.
The T&T Guardian visited Seerattan’s
father’s house yesterday, where relatives
cried out for justice for the young father.
His children, aged 10, six and four were not
at home at the time.
“I need justice, I need the police to do
their work because a lot of crime is unsolved.
Down here just getting worse,” Carl Coutou,
Seerattan’s father, said.
“The police not doing their work at all.
They only running after the small man with
the little weed and cocaine but they not go-
ing after the big man with the guns.”
Describing the eldest of his five children
as a loving and hard-working person, Cout-
ou said his son did not deserve to die in that
Seerattan’s aunt, Bernadette Sandra
Coutou, echoed his sentiments, sending this
message to his killer: “Allyuh stop killing
the people. Allyuh didn’t bound to kill my
nephew like a dog. Even though he really
had...I don’t know if he had anything with
anybody, I don’t know.”
“Sometimes you out and somebody talk
to you and you too bad. Allyuh coulda talk
and solve the problem. Allyuh didn’t bound
to kill him.”
MP for La Brea, Nicole Olivierre, visited
the family and also expressed surprise that
Seerattan was killed as she said those types
of crimes do not happen in the area.
“This is the first time in my knowledge
this has happened in this community and it
is a wake up call for us. In other communi-
ties this type of thing happens on a regular
basis, so it is a wake up call for us that we
need to check ourselves and go back to the
old community values to ensure these types
of behaviour do not become a regularity,”
She called on the elders in the commu-
nity to take more of a role in the lives of
“If we look back at decades gone by and
we see how communities came together and
there was a lot of community engagement,
so whenever the young ones had differences
they could always work those things out.
Back in those days there would have been
leaders in the community acting as medi-
ators and when you have all the elders in
the community taking responsibility for the
lives of all the children, you do not allow
disturbances or disagreements to escalate
to a point where it ends up in violence.”
She also made a call for those in the com-
munity who know about criminal activity
to report those matters to the police.
“I urge anyone, if you know about anyone
who has guns or weapons, you need to get
that information to the police so we can
stem this growing tide of violence that is
creeping into our community.”
The man, right, identified as the father of Kevin Frederick at the scene of yesterday’s accident
which claimed the the life of his son and Karelle Nicholson along the Churchill Roosevelt
Highway in Mausica. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Natasha Khan-Coutou, right, stepmother of
Carlon Seerattan who was shot dead on
Saturday. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
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