Friday, February 23, 2018

Skulls of couple shattered

Autopsy on road accident victims:


A BARRACKPORE couple and their son suffered multiple head injuries in a crash which claimed their lives on Tuesday.

Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, who performed the autopsies yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, said the head injuries of the couple in particular were “incredibly extensive”.

Nanda Ramcharan, 36, her husband Mahadeo, 48, and their 13-year-old son, Nyron, were returning home in their Honda Civic on the south-bound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway near the Endeavour Flyover, Chaguanas, when a dump truck which was struck by a car on the north-bound lane lost control after being hit, crossed the median and slammed into the Ramcharans’ vehic­le.

The couple and their son died on the spot.

The couple had taken their ailing son for dialysis at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, and were returning to their Ramsabad Trace, Rochard Road, home. Nanda Ramcharan had donated one of her kidneys to her son.

Alexandrov said the impact of the crash caused the couple’s skulls to shatter.

“The boy was lower in the car, probably because of height. He did suffer head trauma, but he was not as distorted as his parents,” said the pathologist.

Nanda Ramcharan’s sister, Marilyn Sundar-Rampersad, who was at the Forensic Science Centre yesterday, said: “The doctor said his (Nyron’s body) was not as mashed up as my sister and brother-in-law. The upper right side of his head was crushed and it remained in the car. Hers (Nanda Ramcharan’s) is beyond recognition. We can’t tell her eyes from her ears or nose or mouth. And my brother-in-law was also really mashed up too, but at least his face was recognisable.”

The truck driver and loader suffered minor injuries and were treated at the Chaguanas Health Facility and discharged.

A 21-year-old man, the driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer that struck the truck, was detained by police at the scene and remains in police custody.

Police said shortly after he was held, a breathalyser test was administered to him, which he passed.

Sundar-Rampersad said the funeral service of the couple and their son has been tentatively arranged for Saturday at 9 a.m. at their home, followed by a cremation at the Shore of Peace Cremation Site, Mosquito Creek, South Oropouche.