A 25-year-old Barrackpore student was killed in a head-on car crash shortly after he left home to purchase food for his family.
Shaun Sabessar, of New Colonial Road, succumbed at hospital to multiple injuries he suffered in the crash.
Sabessar’s brother, Shane Sabessar, said the family was told the driver of a black Nissan Navarra that crashed into his brother’s car was intoxicated.
Police said Sabessar was driving his Nissan Sunny around 5 p.m. in Diggity Trace, Barrackpore, when the van driven by a 27-year-old Barrackpore man collided head-on into his car.
Shane Sabessar said his brother left home around 4.30 p.m. to go to purchase Chinese food in Debe when he was struck by a van approaching from the opposite direction.
“This person driving a black Navarra overtook another vehicle and slammed into my brother’s car. The car flipped off the road and flipped a few more times into a ditch. The person who was driving the van, people who were there said he was intoxicated. Fire officers had to get the jaws of life to get him outside the car,” said the brother.
Sabessar was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital by paramedics for medical treatment, where doctors fought to save his life, Shane Sabessar said.
“It seemed he sustained massive internal injuries to his spine, legs and arms were broken. A team of doctors were working on him and did their best. But the extent of his injuries was so severe that they couldn’t do anything. The other driver got minor injuries and he was taken for medical treatment,” said the brother.
The other driver sustained minor injuries and was treated and discharged from hospital.
Both vehicles were towed to the Barrackpore Police Station.
Sabessar was a student at the National Energy Skills Centre where he was pursuing electrical engineering.
He was expected to complete his studies and graduate at the end of the month, his brother said, after which he intended to marry his girlfriend, Crystal Sawh.
Shane Sabessar appealed to drivers to not drink alcohol and drive.
“Think about the other lives that you are putting in danger on the road, They have families and loved one that care about them. If you want to drink have a driver to drive you home. You cannot be so in love with alcohol that you put people’s lives in danger,” he said.
He said his brother was a “quiet person” who loved music, car shows and his car.
A post-mortem is expected to be performed on the body tomorrow at the San Fernando mortuary.
Barrackpore police are continuing investigations.