Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 10th 2013 Contents This is not the first time that lives were lost on
the Cross Crossing bridge. On November 25, 2006,
Anslem Cadogan, 35, and his younger brother Brian,
34, of Bryans Gate, Phillipine, San Fernando, were
killed when their Ford Ranger struck the bridge. Both
men were employed at Tucker Energy Services Lim-
ited, Cross Crossing, San Fernando.
Minister of Transport Chandresh Sharma said yes-
terday that T&T has over 35,000 motor collisions
per year---roughly one collision every 20 minutes. He
said more than 200 people die in vehicular accidents
"This statistic is very alarming and we must work
together to stop this loss of valuable life," he said.
He offered condolences to the family of the dead
teenagers. Sharma said Government had embarked
on a national campaign to encourage safe driving.
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President Anthony Carmona paid a sur-
prise visit to the family of identical teenage
twins Khertima and Khadijah Taylor, who
were killed in an accident while returning
home from a birthday bash early yester-
The twins and their friend, Kafiya Gill,
were killed when the car in which they were
travelling crashed between the pillars of a
bridge at the Cross Crossing Interchange in
San Fernando. They were among four people
killed in two road accidents yesterday.
The driver, David Balkissoon, 20, of Con-
cord Road, Pointe-a-Pierre, suffered minor
Two other friends, Akinton Derek, 21, a
student of Regent Road, Petrotrin, Pointe-
a-Pierre, and Kenisha Garcia, 18, of Theresa
Street, Marabella, remained warded at the
San Fernando General Hospital. Garcia,
described as critical, was transferred to the
Intensive Care Unit around 2 pm yesterday
after her condition worsened.
Classmates of the twins met at the family s
home at Jack Street, Marabella, weeping
openly yesterday. A Facebook profile titled
RIP Khadijah And Khertima Taylor was also
set up yesterday and hundreds of people
President Carmona visited the twins
family last evening but did not allow the
media to record the proceedings, saying he
preferred it to remain a private affair.
However, earlier in the day at a function
in San Fernando, Carmona said of the
deaths: "I heard about that tragic accident
and I was really heartbroken when I heard
so many young people died."
He said he hoped that God would bring
comfort to the family and friends of the
The twins, who attended St Joseph s Con-
vent, San Fernando, were described as pop-
ular and represented their schools in several
competitions. They were in Upper Six and
were expected to write their final exams
this week. Gill, a student of the University
of the West Indies Open Campus, started
working in the human resource department
at the South West Regional Health Authority
Police said the six friends had gone to
Metro Nightlife nightclub at Gulf View Link
Road to celebrate the birthday of their friend
Nicolette Jones, of Fyzabad. Around 4 am,
they left the party with Balkissoon at the
wheel of a white Mazda 3. Garcia was sitting
in the front passenger seat while the twins,
Gill and Derek were sitting in the back seat.
Police said upon reaching the Cross Cross-
ing Interchange, Balkissoon lost control.
The car struck the edge of the pillar on the
northbound carriageway and went airborne.
It then hit the top of the bridge and then
fell sideways between the two pillars, killing
the twins on the spot. They were crushed.
Witnesses called the police and a team
led by acting Senior Supt Cecil Santana,
Supt Huggins, ASPs Zamsheed Mohammed
and Youseff Gaffar and Insp Peter De Boulay
visited the scene. A hydraulic device was
used to remove the car.
Balkissoon, Garcia, Derek and Gill were
taken to the Accident and Emergency
Department of the hospital. Gill died on the
operating table. Her father, Desmond Gill,
was in shock when the T&T Guardian visited
his Cedar Drive, Pleasantville home.
Gill, who works as a taxi driver, said he
always picked up and dropped off his daugh-
ter whenever she wanted to go to lime.
"This was the first time I didn t go for
her," Gill whispered, adding, "She told me
that she was getting a drop home."
Gill said Kafiya loved to study and would
visit the twins.
"She was very bright and always reading
her books. She wanted to be a human
resource manager," Desmond said.
He called on the police to patrol outside
the nightclubs and monitor the conduct of
Meanwhile, Desiree Taylor, the mother
of the twins, screamed and cried uncon-
solably when she heard the news. She was
too distraught to speak to speak to the media.
The girls aunt, Donna Waddell, said the
twins were also very studious. She said the
twins would go out sometimes and had lots
of friends. Taylor said parents should always
drop off and pick up their children.
Autopsies are expected to be done on the
bodies today at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James. Acting Cpl Ragbir of the San Fer-
nando Traffic police is continuing investi-
Road carnage continues...
Twins, friend killed
after birthday lime
Desmond Gill father of Kafiya Gill (inset) looking at a
photo of his daughter at his home on Cedar drive
yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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Those are the ages that I am concen-
Carmona said citizens did not develop
a "moral compass" when they are attend-
"You develop it during that time when
you are guided by great parents and teach-
ers," he said.
He said he hoped that T&T would come
on board and support his initiatives.
He also saluted a police officer who pro-
tected his colleague WPC Williams of the
Special Branch during a robbery on Thurs-
day, as well as PC Simon Clapham, who
was killed during a botched robbery
attempt in Woodbrook last week.
Carmona said Williams was part of his
security detail and is responsible for taking
his children to school.
"I will be failing in my responsibility if
I didn t salute the police officer (PC
Clapham) who died in a hail of gunfire
while standing up to the bandits that
attempted to rob him of his car. It is sad
to hear of it," he said.
"I have to also compliment WPC
Williams. I want to commend her for the
gallantry that was displayed by her, a cool
temperament and the fact that the officer
came to her aid. It is really sad."
During the function, Carmona was given
a token of appreciation from president of
the Presentation College Past Students
Association Steven Samlalsingh.
Carmona salutes police officers
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