Friday, January 19, 2018

Princes Town man dies in crash

As he returned on Friday night from inviting relatives to his son’s upcoming wedding, Ramlal Matadeen’s vehicle collided with a car heading in the wrong direction along the highway.

Matadeen, 52, died at the scene.

Yesterday relatives were making funeral arrangements for the father of four while his youngest child, Adesh, 22, was deciding whether he will continue with his wedding ceremony, scheduled for November 22.

“I’m not sure if it will go on... most likely,” he told the Sunday Express at the home he shared with his parents at Broomage Trace #2, Princes Town.

Matadeen’s daughter, Suzy Ramlal, said their father was antici­pating Adesh’s wedding, set to be held in Princes Town.

“He was so excited. He couldn’t wait... Everything has been verified—the cards and the boxes,” she said.

Ramlal said her father practised the Hindu faith, where it is customary celebrations not be held for a year after a person has passed away.

She said Adesh, who practises Christianity, and his fiancee were trying to decide if they would continue with the wedding in the next three months.

On Friday night, Matadeen, who recently retired from the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and was a taxi-driver along the Princes Town-to-San Fernando route, went to Chaguanas to deliver a wedding invitation to his nephew.

Around 8.30 p.m., he was heading south along the Solomon Hochoy Highway and was in the area of Macaulay, Claxton Bay, when his car crashed head-on into a blue Toyota Fielder.

The 27-year-old driver of the station wagon told police he experienced a brief loss of consciousness and lost control of the car, which began spinning. 

When the vehicle stopped, it was facing north and he began driving the wrong way, police said. The car collided with Mata­deen’s black Nissan Almera.

Matadeen’s 71-year-old father was a passenger in the car.

Ramlal said Matadeen’s father was a patient at the San Fernando General Hospital, having sustained head injuries, broken ribs and a broken collar bone.

The driver of the station wagon, who is from St Augustine, was also at hospital with a fractured leg and other injuries, police said.

Matadeen’s wife, Sumintra Matadeen, was said to be in a state of shock after she was told of her husband’s death.

“We haven’t seen his body. My mother is thinking that maybe he wasn’t driving the car and he is still alive,” Ramlal said.

Matadeen’s children yesterday described him as a family-oriented person who loved children. 

He was eagerly awaiting the birth of another grandchild early next year.

Acting Assistant Supt of Police Yusuf Gaffar and Insp Pooran of the Princes Town Police Station, Cpl Sookdeo of the Claxton Bay Police Station and Sgt Mootilal of the Marabella Police Station were all on the scene of the accident on Friday.