critical: Accident victim Ryan Rampersad at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

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Funeral today for three

By Gyasi Gonzales gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com

THE funeral for Haydee Paul and her two daughters, Akasha and Shakira, who were all killed on Sunday when they were struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer, will be held today at the Pashley Street, Open Bible Church, Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. following which their bodies will be laid to rest at the Tunapuna Cemetery.

In the meantime, Pearl James, the mother of one of three surviving victims, Ryan Rampersad, said her son remains in critical condition at the hospital and is being kept sedated due to the severity of his injuries which are mostly internal.

Rampersad sustained kidney damages, there are tears to his large intestine and he is in urgent need of blood.

Rampersad is married and the father of a two-year-old daughter and a six-month-old son.

James said that on Sunday when she first heard about the accident and was told her son was one of the victims she ran over to the Beetham Highway and met him lying on the road.

"The first thing I heard was the police saying, everybody dead and I started to scream and shout that my child is alive. I saw police there and Fire Brigade there ... but still my son got transported in the tray of a van in order for his life to be saved and not an ambulance but the tray of a van," she said.

"I don't know what we will do because I have to buy pampers, vitamins, tooth brush, soap, towels and wash rags. It's a long list of things the hospital told us to buy for him but we really need some help," she said.

She said she had berated National Security Minister Jack Warner yesterday because when she had approached him about her son he had told her, "I eh come for that."

"Right now, if anyone is willing to assist us will be greatly appreciated," she said.

Devika Lalla, who is the eldest daughter of another victim, Amanda Lalla, 50, another surviving victim, said her mother was still critical.

"She's in the Intensive Care Unit and she needs blood," said Lalla.

Both of Lalla's legs were broken as well as her arms and she also has a fracture to her skull.

"We are still traumatised over this," she said.

Abigail Assing remains warded at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

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