HERO mom Denyse Seepersad-Joseph, who was knocked down and killed on Independence Day after throwing her daughter to safety, will be laid to rest today.
Seepersad-Joseph’s family and friends will say goodbye at a funeral service at the Mount Elvin Baptist Church, Hindustan Road, New Grant.
The service begins at 3.30 pm.
Her four children—Jason, 13; Charissa, nine; Ana, six; and Abigail, four—have not been able to cope with losing the woman who had dedicated her life to caring for them, relatives said.
Seepersad-Joseph, 39, of New Grant, was struck by a yellow Nissan Laurel outside her relatives’ home in Palmyra Village, near San Fernando, on Saturday night.
She was helping little Abigail out of her car when she saw the approaching car and threw the little girl out of her arms to safety.
Seepersad-Joseph died from severe head injuries.
Her daughter was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.
Her husband, Richard Joseph, said his daughter was still in some pain and unable to walk.
“No broken bones were found. But she has some bruises on her knees, leg, elbows and chest. There is a black mark at the back of her left leg, so maybe it’s because of this bruise that she cannot walk,” he said.
Abigail was discharged from hospital on Monday evening.
Police said Seepersad-Joseph, a housewife, had parked her Volkswagen Bora car on the roadway and was helping her child out of the car when the other car slammed into them.
Joseph, 43, said he was at his workplace in Point Fortin when relatives called with the news.
“They were visiting relatives in Palmyra. The children, her father, brother, sister-in-law and their kids were also with her,” he said.
Joseph said a simple, memorable send-off has been planned for his wife.
The 44-year-old driver appeared before a San Fernando magistrate yesterday, charged with causing death by dangerous driving, dangerous driving and failing the breathalyser test.