A COUVA man, who police suspect fell from the tray of his co-worker’s pick-up while it was in motion, died on Tuesday night. Chris Sinanan, 21, of Sapphire Avenue, died almost instantly after he fell on to a street in Chaguanas. The driver of the vehicle, a 24-year-old man, of Cocorite, told police he did not know that Sinanan was in the tray.
Investigators were told that the driver and Sinanan worked together at a construction site in Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, earlier in the day.
According to a police report, at around 7.30 p.m., the driver left the work site in a Mitsubishi pick-up and was headed north along Xavier Street.
The driver said, upon reaching Parvati Street, he felt a movement to the back of his van and then heard a noise on the roadway.
He stopped the vehicle and came out to see Sinanan lying on the ground bleeding from his head and motionless.
The driver contacted police and officers of Chaguanas Police Station, led by Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham, Inspector Jackman and Acting Sgt Ranjitsingh, responded.
The driver told police that he left Sinanan at the worksite and was unaware that he was in the back of the vehicle.
Police said there were no witnesses to the incident.
District medical officer Dr Indarjit Birjah examined Sinanan’s body at the scene and found he had been hit on his head. The DMO ordered the body removed to the San Fernando mortuary for an autopsy today.
The vehicle was impounded by police.
The driver was questioned by investigators and released from custody yesterday pending further investigations.
Abraham told the media that drivers ought to refrain from allowing persons to sit in the tray of their vehicles while driving.
“I have even had cause to speak to police officers about that because it is against the law,” said Abraham.
An autopsy was expected to be conducted on Sinanan’s body yesterday.
Acting Sgt Ramjitsingh is investigating.