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A New Grant mother of four was killed
when she hit by a drunk driver as she was
about to watch Independence Day fire-
works with her family on Saturday night.
Denyse Seepersad-Joseph, 39, had just
parked her vehicle along Tarodale Road at
7.30 pm on Saturday, but while taking her
four-year-old daughter Abigail out the car,
a yellow Nissan Laurel sped by and hit Seep-
ersad-Joseph, killing her on the spot.
According to witnesses, the car was
"swerving left and right" as it sped down
the street and then hit the mother while
she was holding Abigail.
Abigail was thrown from her mother's
arms and landed in some nearby bushes
about 20 feet away. She was later taken to
the San Fernando General Hospital, where
she remained warded in stable condition
up to last evening without any signs of
The driver of the car reportedly slowed
down momentarily, but then sped off again.
Relatives yesterday told the T&T Guardian
that Seepersad-Joseph had visited an aunt's
home along with several other relatives for
an Independence Day dinner, followed by
a viewing of the fireworks.
A family member, who did not want to
be identified, said it was a regular get-together
whenever the holiday fell on a weekend. She
said when Seepersad-Joseph was hit, her
brother followed the car and got the licence
plate number and provided it to the police.
Seepersad-Joseph's sister-in-law, Shivani,
who was at the hospital with Abigail yes-
terday, said she could not talk about what
happened, as Abigail did not know as yet
that her mother had died.
She commented on the safety of the road
where the accident happened, however, say-
ing the community had been advocating
for speed bumps for some time.
Abigail's father, Richard Joseph, was also
at the hospital last evening, but said he
could not talk to reporters.
"I can't speak right now," he said via tele-
When asked how his other children were
coping with the sudden loss of their mother,
he said they were "doing well."
According to police reports, the 44-year-
old driver of the car subsequently went to
the San Fernando Police Station to report
that he had "knocked down something on
Officers said he appeared to be drunk
and so a breathalyser test was administered.
Results indicated he was over the alcohol
limit and he was arrested.
The driver remained in custody yesterday
A post-mortem on Seepersad-Joseph is
expected to be carried out today.
Security at the nation s secondary
schools will be beefed up from today s
start of the new term to ensure inci-
dents of violence on school com-
pounds are eradicated, Education
Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said yes-
He made the comment after a short
ceremony in which he distributed
schoolbags to needy children from his
Caroni East constituency.
Gopeesingh said government sec-
ondary schools will be assigned two
safety officers, while schools controlled
by denominational boards will have
their own management structures in
place. He said more student support
services will also be available for the
Each principal in the 143 secondary
schools, he said, will be given hand-
held scanners so that students entering
and leaving the compound can be
scanned. He reminded that items such
as camera phones and instruments
that may pose a danger to students
have been banned from schools.
Gopeesingh said walk-in scanners
would be used to detect irregular mate-
rials and students would be disciplined.
He said all management staff at schools
had been advised that the ministry's
policy of a zero tolerance to bullying
also remained in effect.
The minister said 212 repair and
maintenance projects had been started
at the beginning of the school vacation
in July and all schools that fell under
these projects would be opened today.
However, he said a number of pri-
mary schools had to be rebuilt and the
ministry is hoping to house the affected
students at community centres but
some of these centres were not yet
ready. He said this may cause some
delay with up to four schools.
However, he admitted that work on
16 schools was not yet completed up
to yesterday, although they were hoping
to complete them in time for the start
of classes today. Work on all the unfin-
ished schools will continue after-hours
and on weekends, he said.
Meanwhile, the Trinidad and Tobago
Unified Teachers Association said yes-
terday that from the information it
had, 12 schools would not be ready for
the opening of today's new term.
TTUTA general secretary Peter Wil-
son put this down to the fact that the
contractors in the ministry's School
Repair Programme, who were supposed
to begin work in July after schools
closed, did not begin until a few weeks
ago in August.
Wilson said the ministry indicated
there was a funding issue and conse-
quently the repairs started very late in
the vacation period. He said there were
outstanding repairs for electrical and
sewer problems, pigeon infestation and
general dilapidated infrastructure.
He said the teachers are expected to
return to classes but if the conditions
are unhealthy and unsafe they may
have to remove themselves.
A Saturday afternoon altercation between two
close relatives has left Narine Sankar, 49, dead.
According to police reports, Sankar, who was
allegedly a cocaine addict, was stabbed five times
about the chest with a switch blade after he got
into an argument with the relative at his Pointe-
a-Pierre Road, Vistabella, home around 5.45 pm.
Sankar reportedly armed himself with a cutlass
during an argument between the two men and
the relative used a switch blade to stab Sankar,
who died on the spot.
The suspect was taken to the San Fernando
Police Station and remained in custody up to last
At Sankar's home yesterday, his brother-in-law
was reluctant to give details over what caused the
The victim's sister Indra, in a telephone interview,
said she didn't know what happened because she
was not there when the altercation started. She
said another sister had called her with the news.
"I don't want to talk about it, I can't talk about
it. Thank you for understanding," she said.
San Fernando police are investigating. KP
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan holds up a pupil during a school supply distribution ceremony at
Endeavour, Chaguanas, yesterday. Ramlogan and members of the UNC Youths on a Mission group visited
the community to distribute school supplies to residents who were affected by last Friday's flooding. The
youth group has been distributing school supplies to underprivileged students across the country through
the "Learn to Live" programme in recent weeks. PHOTO COURTESY OFFICE OF THE AG
Mom killed, daughter
injured in hit-and-run
students to face
Man stabbed to
row with relative
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