MOTHER of four Denyse Seepersad-Bachan who was killed on Saturday by a driver who later allegedly failed a breathalyser test died from head injuries, an autopsy found yesterday.
Her husband, Richard Joseph, said the couple’s infant daughter, Abigail, who was thrown to safety at the moment of the impact, was at hospital but “ doing well”.
Seepersad-Joseph, 39, died on Independence Day, when she threw her daughter out of her arms as a speeding car slammed into them.
Up to yesterday evening, Abigail was being treated at the San Fernando General Hospital for minor injuries. Joseph said doctors were keeping Abigail for one more day for additional testing.
Seepersad-Joseph, a housewife, was visiting relatives at Palmyra Village, near San Fernando when the incident occurred around 7.30 p.m.
The accident was witnessed by Seepersad-Joseph’s four children Jason, 13, Charissa, nine, Ana, six, and Abigail.
Investigators said a 44-year-old Palmyra resident walked into the San Fernando Police Station shortly after the incident. The man told police he “knocked down something” on the road.
Police said a breathalyser test was administered on the driver and he failed. The driver was detained by police and is expected to be charged.
President of Arrive Alive, Sharon Inglefield, said the licences of anyone caught drinking and driving should be immediately revoked pending an appearance in court.
She offered condolences to the Joseph family and said if support was needed Arrive Alive would be willing to assist.
She said: “ We would like to see that licences are revoked pending a court case when a driver is under the influence and he fails the breathalyser test. In case of a fatality or serious injury we would like to see that a blood test is mandatory in a collision that involves serious injury or a fatality.
“In other countries, the police officers are able by law to revoke licences in the case of fatalities so that we would like to see something much more serious than the driver continuing to have the privilege of driving on our roads and awaiting a court case.”
She added: “Research has proven that it is better to revoke a licence and send the offenders to driver education rather than just a fine because lots of people can pay a fine. They can borrow money to pay a fine”.
She said that the revocation of a driver’s licence, in addition to driver’s education or mandatory defensive driving course, is proven to work better than a fine.