Monday, February 19, 2018

Suspect still in custody after fatal hit-and-run

INVESTIGATIONS are ongoing into an accident involving the 25-year-old driver of a silver Nissan Frontier which slammed into the back of a Toyota Corolla on Friday night, killing its driver, along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, Maloney.

The victim, Kursha Tanner, 27, and two relatives were heading west along the highway when the accident occurred near the Maloney intersection.

Police reports stated that around midnight, Tanner, of Mt Pleasant Road, Arima, was driving along the highway when the Frontier collided with the back of her car, causing it to veer off the roadway, mount a median and crash into a light pole.

The Frontier did not stop after the accident but was pursued by police officers along the highway after they received a description of the vehicle.

The pick-up was intercepted and the driver detained a short while later.

Up to Monday evening, the man, who is from Chase Village, Chaguanas, was in custody at Arima Police Station, said investigators.

On the scene that night were Sgt Green, Cpl Mitchell and PC Laban, all of the Maloney Police Post, and on Monday night officers said they were still recording statements from potential witnesses.

They said after they gathered the necessary information the case would be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for his consideration, with respect to what charge should be laid against the driver of the van.

Nicole Lopez, Tanner’s cousin, spoke about her on Monday while at the Forensic Science Centre, where she went to witness the post-mortem.

“This thing remains surreal to us. I can’t believe she is dead because she was always a very determined person,” said Lopez.

“I hope that people will be more mindful of others on the road...I mean they have to think about other drivers,” she added.