Call to fast-track road fatality cases
A POLICE UNIT dealing only with investigations into fatal crashes across the country may fast-track the prosecution of these cases.
This was the suggestion yesterday of Brent Batson, vice president of the Road Safety Council of the Ministry of Transport.
Batson said, "I believe there needs to be a dedicated collision investigative unit within the TTPS (Trinidad and Tobago Police Service) for any road traffic collision. I know that it is currently being looked at. This would be a one-stop unit for members of the public to contact them and submit statements. The unit can also get support for divisional (police) station units."
Over the last week, six persons have been killed in separate incidents where vehicles struck them roadside, five in one go at Eastern Main Road, El Dorado.
On Sunday, Barrackpore mother Rose Celestine Persad, 48, was killed in front of her home when the driver of Nissan Almera crashed into her and pinned her beneath the vehicle. Persad died while being taken to hospital.
The suspect in the case, a 30-year-old man, was not in police custody yesterday.
A senior police officer told the Express that police were awaiting the result of the postmortem which would reveal Persad's cause of death, before proceeding with the case against the suspect.
There have been at least 91 road traffic deaths this year.