German dies, 2 injured in Tobago crash

By Elizabeth Williams

German national Renate Dowden died following an accident in Parlatuvier, Tobago, on Monday evening. 

Two other passengers, also German, 49-year-old Nadja Kiss­leng and her 16-year-old son, Leo, remain hospitalised at the Scarborough General Hospital in a stable condition. 

German Embassy official Frank Wuenstel told the Express yesterday he was happy with the professional care being afforded to their nationals at the Scarborough General Hospital. 

Wuenstel visited the Kiss­lengs on Monday evening and again yesterday.

Wuenstel said Ms Kissleng suffered chest injuries while her son suffered injuries to the head and sustained a broken left hand. 

Officials of the Tourism Division are also monitoring the progress of the tourists. 

The tourists arrived from Ger­many on Monday afternoon and were to spend three days at the guest house of Dale Wallace, and two additional days in Trinidad.  

Public relations officer of the Tobago Fire Service David Tho­mas told the Express the incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on Monday when  Dowden,  a resident of Sapodilla Drive, Santa Rosa Heights, lost control of her white Toyota Yaris car while driving down a hill in the Parlatuvier area. 

“We investigated further and were told by occupants of the vehicle that the driver lost control while descending the hill and after a while she got no brakes.” 

The vehicle later slammed into the Parlatuvier Anglican Church. Dowden was thrown from the car. She died on the spot. 

District Medical Officer of Health Dr Roxanne Mitchell visited the scene and ordered the body removed to the Scarborough mortuary. 

Moriah police are continuing investigations into the incident.

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