PORT OF SPAIN – Longing to own a bicycle, schoolboy Darion “Tin Tin” Lucas worked hard, saved up his money and bought a used bike last month.
In a cruel twist of fate, on Tuesday, Lucas, 15, was killed when he rode down a steep hill into the path of a truck, transporting logs at Fifth Company, Moruga, on Tuesday. The Form Two pupil of Tableland Secondary School was killed instantly.
Still in disbelief, his cousin Ezekiel Kernahan, 20, who arrived on the scene moments after the accident said they grew up together like brothers.
Lucas went to live with their aunt in St Julien Village, Princes Town when he was baby, but he also stayed at Kernahan’s Sixth Company home.
Kernahan said Lucas, who celebrated his birthday on March 8, had planned to outfit the bike with brake pads.
“He just get that bike last month. He always tell me he want a bike and he say he going and work and buy a bike and he work and buy it. He tell me he going and put brakes and paint it red and black,” he said.
Kernahan said on Tuesday around 9 am Lucas messaged him on WhatsApp asking him to go riding with him.
He said they went riding in the area on their bicycles and ended up by their aunt at Fifth Company.
“Coming home now, I on top a hill coming around a corner. But he gone (in front) and I was still on the hill taking my time because I know that is a steep hill. All I could ah hear was bang and he was first person come to my mind because I know he went down the hill. I just feel it in my gut that something happen. When I reach down the hill I see my brother lie down the ground. I couldn’t do anything but cry. It’s sad that he had to go like this.”
Describing Lucas as an ambitious, outgoing and intelligent person, he said, Lucas objective was to be successful in life.
“He used to look up at me because I does do a little singing. He always tell me he wanted to be like me. I say ‘boy don’t be like me, try and be better than me.’”
He said Lucas was a cheerful child who was always cracking jokes. Moruga police are investigating. (Trinidad Guardian)