A 44-YEAR-OLD Williamsville man, who is suspected to have suffered a heart attack while driving, struck three pedestrians and crashed into a store in Marabella on Monday night.
Gary Sookdeo, a father of one, of Guaracara Tabaquite Road, was discovered dead at the scene, slumped behind the steering wheel.
The injured were named as Natasha Francis, 38, of Williamsville; Darrel Subero, 17, of Tabaquite; and Steve Flemming, 44, of Harmony Hall, Gasparillo.
They are at hospital being treated for multiple fractures.
The incident occured at around 7 p.m. while Sookdeo was driving his Opel Astra along Southern Main Road.
His friend, Sanjay Sanasie, told the Express that Sookdeo had just left Petrotrin Sports Club in Pointe-a-Pierre, where he had been playing table tennis, and was on his way to pick up his wife, Cathy Sookdeo, at a gym in Marabella.
Sanasie, his friend of 25 years, said: “Gary played a lot of football and cricket and was even the coach of some teams. But three years ago he was told that he had a lot of fat around his heart and the doctor put him on medication. His father had died of a heart attack.”
Police said Sookdeo was proceeding east along Southern Main Road when, in the vicinity of Union Road, he swerved to the left and ploughed into a group of people standing at the roadside near a bus stop.
The car crashed into two TSTT poles and then into the gate of Fen’s Furniture Store.
Paramedics were unable to revive Sookdeo.
Sanasie said Sookdeo worked as a manager in the administration department of Petrotrin.
An autopsy was expected to be conducted at the mortuary of San Fernando General Hospital.
Acting Corporal Simon is investigating the matter.