PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yesterday that all would be done to assist the family of Haydee Paul, who along with her two daughters were killed in a vehicular accident in Sea Lots on Sunday.
Paul and her daughters, Shakira, seven, and Akasha, eight, died on the spot on Sunday morning when a car driven by an off-duty police officer attached to the Transport and Telecom Branch lost control of his vehicle while heading west along the Beetham Highway, mounted the sidewalk and slammed into six people.
The other three — Amanda Lalla, Abigail Assing and Ryan Rampersad — were hospitalised. Up to yesterday both Lalla and Rampersad were in the Intensive Care Unit at the Port of Spain General Hospital while Assing was in a stable condition.
Following the funeral service, Persad-Bissessar said she was there to mourn with both the family and the residents of Sea Lots, where the family lived.
"I'm just here today to mourn with them as a mother and a grandmother. Our condolences go out to them and we continue to do what we can to assist the family. I will take no further questions and I continue to mourn with the community," she said before leaving.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mervyn Richardson, who also attended the funeral spoke briefly with members of the media following the funeral service, saying that the investigation was ongoing.
Richardson said that the 25-year-old officer has been suspended from active duty but it was not an interdiction.
"The officer has been suspended. Interdiction deals with cutting off the pay. The officer has been suspended from duty," Richardson said when asked if the officer would receive his full monthly salary.
Asked whether the police had received the results from the blood work done on the officer, Richardson said he did not wish to comment on the matter as it was being investigated.
When asked how close the investigation was to a close, he said it was "a good way."
Asked when charges would be laid against the officer Richardson said that was a matter for the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) to give instructions which could come "very soon" but did not specify a time frame.