"MOMMY, ah dying!"
These were the last words Lynette Ward heard from her son, CCN TV6 video editor Kevin Ward, before he died in front of her yesterday morning, following an accident on Sixth Avenue, Barataria.
Ward, 30, was a backseat passenger heading east along Fifth Street, Barataria, when the vehicle made a left turn and collided with a maxi-taxi heading west along the Priority Bus Route around 6 a.m.
Ward was thrown out of the rear window of the car.
Speaking at the family's Jade Gardens, Diamond Vale, Diego Martin, home yesterday, Ward said her son was in and out of consciousness at the Port of Spain General Hospital just before he died.
She said her son was given an injection to calm him as he was due to undergo a CT scan.
"He just fly up and hold me and was shaking me and said, 'Mommy, ah dying; mommy, ah dying,' so I am rubbing him and telling him, 'No, you not dying,' and then I saw his eyes starting to dilate and then he just went," Ward said as she recalled the last moments she spent with her son.
She said when she was initially informed of his accident, she did not want to know of the bad news, and when contacted about it, she ignored it, thinking it was nothing serious, until she decided to go to the hospital where she saw how serious his condition was.
Ward issued a warning to drivers on the roads, encouraging them to slow down.
She said there were too many deaths on the nation's roads.
"People need to be more careful on the road...we just have to be very careful on the road; we need to slow it down a little bit," she said.
"Kevin was my baby; if he did wrong, he was right ...he was my child; he was mine," Ward said of her son, who was the father of a seven-year-old daughter, Kdjazz.
Ward said her son was gifted to be in the media as he never took any course in video editing and wanted to own a computer with all the software to improve his skill.
Ward said one of her son's friends was blaming himself for Ward's death since it was he who called him the night before to go liming. The two other passengers in the car who were only identified as Corey and Zwade were said to be in critical conditions at the Port of Spain General Hospital.
In an unrelated incident, a 17-year-old Sangre Grande teen was killed instantly after the Nissan Almera car he was travelling in slammed into a utility pole.
Police reports said Jesse Mark, of Railway Road Extension, Sangre Grande, was driving the vehicle east along the Eastern Main Road, Valencia, when he lost control of the car around 2.10 a.m. yesterday and crashed into the pole.
A passenger in the car, Cordell Moore, 21, was listed in a serious condition at the Sangre Grande Hospital.
The road fatality figure for the year now stands at 103.