Friday, December 15, 2017

Tevin should have rested before driving, says father

Under-19 cricketer killed in crash


Grieving father: Earl Robertson, father of Under-19 cricketer Tevin Robertson, inset, who died in an early-morning vehicular accident on Saturday. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

Mark Fraser

THE father of cricketer Tevin Robertson is advising motorists to not drive if they are exhausted and to seek rest somewhere before they drive.

Earl Robertson’s advice comes after his only son died in an early-morning accident on Saturday.

He said police believed he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Tevin Robertson, 19, who was on trial for the national senior men’s cricket team, died around 6 a.m. after crashing into a fence securing Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre compound that extends into Gasparillo.

He was heading north along the Solomon Hochoy Highway when he lost control of the white Mazda wagon he was driving, police said.

Robertson said: “When I used to drive long time, you could park up anywhere and sleep. And a 15-minutes rest would be very good. Now you have to be afraid of robbers all over. But if drivers could stay somewhere and get some rest before driving, that will be good. If Tevin had done that, he might have still been alive today. He could have come by me and stayed here. I would have still have him with me today.”

Robertson lives at Gajadhar Lands, Princes Town. Tevin, who was renting an apartment with his mother in Princes Town, would visit regularly, he said.

A tearful Robertson said Tevin was his world.

Robertson, 58, who has an amputated left leg, said his son was always there for him.

He said the last time he spoke to him was on Friday morning, when he asked Tevin to send $5 to his phone.

Robertson said: “Every day we would chat. Tevin was a real fun loving guy. Everybody like him especially the children. He would help me a lot. He would pay some bills.”

He said ever since Tevin was small, he loved cricket and they would play the game together.

“When he was about five or six, he started playing cricket. When he get bowled out, he would take his bat inside and cry.”

Tevin also loved to watch movies and they would spend a lot of time together watching movies at home.

Since Tevin died, Robertson said “ everything is terrible.”

He said he was visited by the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath. The cricket board is planning to do something special for his son’s funeral, he said.

National cricketer Samuel Badree was the one responsible for Tevin’s involvement on the national team, Robertson said, and he thanked him for the support to Tevin.

Member of Parliament for Moruga/Tableland, Clifton De Coteau was like another father to Tevin, Robertson said. De Coteau also lives at Gajadhar Lands.