grateful to be alive: Cruise Holder, 24, one of the men involved in an accident yesterday morning in Valsayn, speaks to the Sunday Express outside his Romain Lands, Morvant, home after being discharged from hospital yesterday. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHank

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Driver dies in crash

Passenger in ICU, two others injured after SUV flips

By By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

ONE man was killed and three others injured during an early morning accident close to the Grand Bazaar mall in Valsayn yesterday.

Up to last night, one of the men remained warded in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Port of Spain Gene­ral Hospital while two others were treated and discharged yester­day afternoon.

Dead is 26-year-old Brian Bruce of Mon Repos Road in Mor­­vant.

It was around 5 a.m. that Bruce; Cruise Holder, 24; Hol­der’s brother Bobby Holder, 25; and their cousin Jovon Hol­der,

22; were on their way back to their Morvant homes from Cha­­-

gua­nas when the incident occurred.

Shortly after being discharged from hospital, Cruise Holder recalled the ordeal to the Sunday Express.

Speaking outside his Romain Lands home, Holder said Bruce, the driver of the silver Honda CRV van and a father of two boys, skidded on a grassy area, causing the vehicle to flip several times.

“The van made a drift and it pick up with the dew grass and it flipped about five to six times. Brian Bruce fly out the windscreen, Bobby Holder fly out the windscreen, too. I fly out from the sunroof and the next passen­ger, I can’t really remember where he fly out from. All I know is when I look back, with the fright, I see he gone running. I went and part the bush and I saw Brian bleeding from his nose and he looked at me straight in my eyes and shook his head,” said Cruise.

Shortly after the accident, the Emergency Health Services (EHS) arrived on the scene and took the men to hospital where Bruce was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cruise said his brother’s shoul­der blades were dislocated and he suffered extensive injuries to his spine.

“My brother is in ICU right now, so I do not even know if he will live,” Cruise said.

He said his brother was also a father of two and was expecting another child soon.

Only recently, Bruce opened a small fruit and vegetable stall at the corner of Mon Repos Road and Romain Lands to care for his family, said Cruise.

“He was my real buddy. He was my real friend,” he said.

One of Cruise’s arms was bro­ken in three places. He also suf­fered injuries to his face and legs. 

Cruise said despite the acci­dent resulting in the loss of his friend’s life, he was grateful he and the others were still alive and he would continue to pray for the reco­very of his brother. 

During the Sunday Express’s visit to the area, several members of the community were seen pre­paring flambeaux to light last night for Bruce.

They described him as “a favourite, well-loved and respec­ted person” in the area.

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