SCHOOLGIRL Vasutee Bahadur was wearing a headset and holding a cellphone when she was run over by a three-tonne truck on Thursday afternoon, police said yesterday.
Police said the headset may have prevented the 13-year-old from hearing the rumble of the oncoming truck.
Bahadur, a pupil of ASJA Girls' College, Charlieville, died almost instantly.
An autopsy was performed on her body at San Fernando General Hospital's mortuary yesterday evening.
Police said Bahadur stepped out of a maxi-taxi at the intersection of Greg Street and Balmain Road, in Couva, around 2.37 p.m.
The teen was attempting to cross the roadway, when she was hit by the truck proceeding east along Balmain Road.
Bahadur fell over and rolled under the truck, police said. Her body was crushed. The driver stopped a short distance away and attempted to assist the teenager, but she was already dead.
Bahadur lived at Oatis Lane, Balmain. Her brother, Adesh Bahadur, died in a car crash along the Solomon Hochoy Highway four years ago.
Relatives said her mother, Ameeran Mohammed, was inconsolable.
Media coordinator at the Ministry of Education Yolanda Morales-Carvalho said the Ministry would provide counselling to Bahadur's school-mates, through Student Support Services.