Sunday, February 18, 2018

Rooks was the perfect everything, say relatives

Hadeed’s son-in-law killed in crash

Arthur Russell Rooks, 51, of Helm Drive, Westmoorings, was described yesterday as one of the “greatest human beings” anyone could ever meet by his grieving relatives, at the Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park. 

Rooks, who relatives said was self-employed and worked closely with the Living Water Community, was killed in a vehicular accident on Thursday morning. 

Relatives told the media yesterday that Rooks, who was also the son-in-law of Tou­rism Minister Gerald Hadeed, was a “hard worker” who spent most of his time on various endea­vours to provide for his family. 

“He was the perfect everything. The best father, the best husband, the best friend, the best son-in-law, the best anything that anyone could ask for. Period,” explained a female relative. 

The funeral date is yet to be fixed but is expected to take place early next week. 

The Express was told that around 6.30 a.m. on Thursday, officers from the Caroni Police Station on mobile patrol spotted a Toyota Yaris car which had crashed into the concrete barriers on the Uriah Butler Highway, in the vicinity of the Caroni Bridge.

Upon checking the vehicle, they realised the driver was severely injured and as a result, he was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Scien­ces Complex in Mount Hope.

Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police believe Rooks was heading south along the highway when he blew a tyre, cau­sing him to lose control of the car as he approached the bridge. 

The vehicle ran off the road and slammed into the concrete barrier.