Fire fighters assist in removing the body of crash victim Ernst Lorquet, who died today when the vehicle in which he was a passenger, skidded and crashed into a utility pole on the Uriah Butler Highway. Photo by STEPHEN DOOBAY

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New Yorker killed in highway crash

...Ernst Lorquet was on his way to airport for trip to Tobago

By SUSAN MOHAMMED susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

AN American tourist visiting for the Carnival season was killed in a highway crash today.

Ernst Lorquet, 37, of New York, was on his way to the airport for a visit in Tobago.

Police said that at around 4.30 a.m. Lorquet was a passenger in a Nissan E25 with five other occupants - two of whom are from Barbados - headed north along the Uriah Butler Highway. Lorquet and the five others, police were told, were headed to the airport to catch a plane to Tobago to spend the day. Police said

Police said that at around 4.30 a.m. in the vicinity of the Divali Nagar site, Chaguanas, the vehicle's right rear tire blew out.

The driver, Anne Roseman, lost control of the vehicle and it spun and skidded sideways, slammed into a utility pole then came to a stop in a ditch on the western side of the highway.

Witnesses contacted the police and ambulance service.
The five other occupants of the vehicle were taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility for medical treatment. Police said when the vehicle was found to have smooth tires and it is believed this caused the crash.

Two of the occupants of the vehicle were visiting from Barbados, police said. Visiting the scene were Corporal Ramphal, PCs Cassie, Modeste, Beharry, Ramoutar. PC Ramoutar is continuing investigations.
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