Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ex-T&T cyclist Roger Smart killed in crash


‘Cycling Came before everything’: Roger Smart

Mark Fraser

 By Kern De Freitas

A bad year for Trinidad and Tobago cycling got worse yesterday after Roger Smart was killed in a vehicular accident at Ariapita Ave­nue, Woodbrook.

Denise Smart, wife of the former T&T cyclist, was informed of his death by police yesterday. 

She said she was told by police he died instantly after his Subaru Legacy, which was heading north along Petra Street, Woodbrook, was hit by a Volkswagen Passat travelling west along the Avenue.

His death has left the local cycling fraternity shaken up, especially coming less than two months after his former national teammate, Clinton Grant, also perished on the roadway after being hit by a motorist on the Mucurapo Foreshore on March 29 during a training ride.

In all, six cyclists or former riders of note have died for the year so far.

An autopsy to confirm time of death is expected to be performed in the next day or two.

His wife of 22 years said Smart had planned to take their son, Dominic, 15—their only child—to the movies today. 

Instead, they are now coping with his untimely passing.

Denise Smart remembered Roger as a dedicated cyclist.

“Roger’s whole life was cycling,” she said. “He’s been cycling since he was 16.

“(He was) disciplined. Very, very disciplined. He’s been riding at a top level since 16, getting up at 4.30 every morning. Cycling came before everything in life.”