Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Czech Republic national killed in crash

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FATAL ACCIDENT: Jana Armstrong

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A NIGHT out in the town had a deadly end†for a Czech Republic national when her Trinidadian friend lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a light pole.

The Trinidadian, CEO of Harricrete Victor Sooknarine, was listed in critical condition up to last night at the St Clair Medical Centre, while two other occupants are also in critical condition at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

The dead woman was identified as Jana Armstrong who worked at a local advertising agency. Armstrong, who was in the front passenger seat of the Mercedes Benz, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

Investigators told the Express that Sooknarine was heading west along the Western Main Road, Cocorite near a paint shop†in the vicinity of the West Shore Medical Centre when he crashed into a light pole.

The car spun and crashed into a concrete median which divides the lanes.

Sooknarine and the three passengers were returning from the 51 Degrees nightclub, where he is a shareholder, around 4 a.m. when the accident occurred.

The Harricrete CEO sustained a broken collar bone, hip and other injuries.

The other two backseat passengers were identified as Abiola Sandy, 27, and Craig Snell.

Sandy suffered a broken leg and hip, while Snell sustained a fractured spine, a broken pelvis and injuries to the head.

The impact of the collision compressed the bonnet of the luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle all the way to the dashboard. The vehicle, police say, was almost unrecognisable.

A senior investigator told the Express police had not been able to ascertain or determine whether alcohol was a factor in the accident because†the first priority would be†to attend to Sooknarine's life threatening injuries.

Sgt Hospedales of the St James police station is investigating.

Meanwhile, police are also investigating another fatal accident which claimed the live of a 25-year-old man.

Police said the victim, identified as Vishad Rambally, was killed early yesterday morning when his Toyota Hilux collided into the rear of a maxi-taxi along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.

Police said the accident occurred around 5.30 a.m. as Rambally was heading west along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway near the Macoya intersection.

Rambally who lived in Arima was severely injured.

The occupants of the maxi-taxi, driven by George Carew, received minor injuries.

Rambally and the maxi-taxi passengers, were taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, in Mt Hope where he later died. The maxi-taxi passengers were treated and discharged.

Tunapuna Police are continuing investigations.

The two latest road fatalities have taken the toll to 97, according to an Express count.

ówith reporting by Gyasi Gonzales