mom in GRIEF: Ameeran Mohammed, mother of schoolgirl, Vasutee Bahadur, is consoled by Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh at her home in Balmain, Couva, yesterday. Bahadur was knocked down by a truck while crossing a road near her home yesterday afternoon. –Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

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Schoolgirl killed by truck

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com   

A 13-year-old girl on her way home from school, was struck and killed by a truck in Balmain, Couva yesterday.

Vasutee Bahadur, a pupil of the ASJA Girls College, Charlieville, was killed four years after her brother, Adesh Bahadur, died in a car crash.

Police were told that at around 2.30 p.m Bahadur, a third form pupil, stepped out of a maxi-taxi along Main Road, Balmain, a village near the Couva Interchange.

She was attempting to cross the road, near her home at Otis Lane, Balmain, when she was hit by the truck.

The teenager died at the scene.

Police said the girl was wearing headphones but it is uncertain whether it was a factor in how the incident happened.

At the family's home, Bahadur's mother Ameeran Mohammed told the Express: "I am just living my son's accident all over again."

Mohammed said she was at the Couva Health Centre when she received a phone call with the news.

"I just started to bawl when I heard my child died on the road," she said.

Member of Parliament for Couva North Rudranath Indarsingh visited the family yesterday afternoon and said social workers would provide counselling and other services to the family.

Relatives said the girl's brother, Adesh Bahadur, was killed instantly in a car crash four years ago along the Solomon Hochoy Highway.

Bahadur was headed north along the highway when his vehicle crashed into a culvert. Couva police are continuing investigations.

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