PORT OF SPAIN – Witnesses to the crash that killed a Chaguanas couple and sent two to hospital on Sunday have reported that the vehicle was speeding “beyond all established road limits”.
This from President of Arrive Alive, Sharon Inglefield, who lamented that two others were killed in separate road crashes over the weekend.
Inglefield offered her condolences to the victims’ families and appealed to motorists and pedestrians to use measures to ensure their safety.
Inglefield once again pleaded for drivers to slow down on the roads. “We have eyewitness reports that the driver [who died in Chaguanas] was going really fast beyond all established road limits”, said the Arrive Alive president.
“We appeal to drivers to slow down and obey the speed limit on our nation’s roads. We also ask passengers to please ensure that you are being driven safely and that your driver is not driving recklessly. Ensure that you are being taken to your venue or wherever in a safe manner”, she said.
A police report on the crash said that at around 4:25 p.m. Kevon Frederick, 28 of Derrick Road, Chase Village, his girlfriend, Britney Balroop, 21, also of Derrick Road were in Frederick’s Nissan Almera headed north along the Uriah Butler Highway.
There were two passengers Sean Lalsingh, 30, of Bholai Trace East Chase Village, and Adrian Brown, 25, of Nimblett Street Enterpise, seated in the back.
Police said that Frederick was attempting to switch lanes when he lost control.
The vehicle separated with the undercarriage remaining on the roadway, and the upper carriage collided with a tree and landed in a drain.
Another vehicle collided with the undercarriage, but no one was reported hurt.
Frederick was pronounced dead at the scene, while Balroop succumbed to her injuries at hospital.
Lalsingh and Brown were warded at the Mount Hope hospital.
Officers of the Chaguanas Fire Station responded and removed the victims from the wreck.
Police officers of the Chaguanas Police Station and Highway Patrol Unit also responded.
Acting Sanjitsingh is continuing investigations.
Inglefield also said that with 38 pedestrian fatalities this year, pedestrians also have a responsibility to take precautions when crossing.
On Monday around 4:30 a.m. the body of a woman was discovered on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain and police believe she was the victim of a hit and run crash.
“We have had I believe 38 pedestrians have lost their lives this year – way too many. Please wear something that is bright and fluorescent during the early morning hours when it is difficult for drivers to see you and make sure you are crossing responsibly”, said Inglefield.