A 20-YEAR-old Freeport man who escaped injury six days ago in a fatal crash along a highway was killed in a car crash on Friday which also claimed the life of his friend.
Keshav Ragoo, of La Quesa Road, and Sheldon Ramdial, 25, of Arena Road, Freeport, were burnt beyond recognition after the car in which they were passengers ran off the Solomon Hochoy Highway and burst into flames.
The driver, Stephon Madho, of Felicity, survived after he crawled out of the vehicle before it burned.
Madho is warded in the Intensive Care Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope.
The crash occurred around midnight Friday near the Freeport exit as the three were headed south along the highway.
Ragoo’s family said police told them that Madho “got a bad drive” and lost control of the vehicle, and it ended up in a ditch.
Ragoo’s sister, Stephie Sinanan, 26, pleaded yesterday with drivers to be courteous to others on the roadway and “do not drink and drive”.
She said Ragoo was a student at Metal Industries Company (MIC) Ltd with two more months to complete an electrical course.
On Monday, Ragoo was driving a Toyota pick-up truck when it was struck during a crash which claimed the life of soldier Junior La Barrie. La Barrie, 29, of Waterloo, Carapichaima, was a passenger in a Nissan Tiida driven by another soldier when it was hit by a car driven by a 16-year-old boy of Siparia.
The suspect appeared in court on five traffic offences, including dangerous driving, last Wednesday.
On Ragoo’s Facebook page, last Thursday he posted a picture of the damaged truck, and yesterday posted a status part in which he thanked God for “loving me unconditionally and giving me another day to start all over again”.
At Ramdial’s house, his relatives did not wish to be interviewed.
In an unrelated incident, a Guayaguayare man was killed on Friday night after the car in which he was a passenger struck a coconut tree.
Kevin Forde, 28, died at the scene of the crash which occurred around 7 p.m. along the Manzanilla/ Mayaro Road.
According to police, Forde was seated in the left front seat when the driver attempted to overtake another vehicle and a tyre blew out. The car (a Hyundai Matrix) flipped several times then hit the coconut tree.
Forde was thrown through one of the car’s windows and was killed when the car landed on him.
The driver, Leslie Carter, 44, of Mayaro and two women passengers —Rudy Hyman and Makida Grant — who were in the back seat of the vehicle, were taken to the Sangre Grande Area Hospital and are in critical condition.
A party of police officers led by Senior Superintendent Ochneil Williams, ASP Odette Lewis and others of the Mayaro Police Station visited the scene.
Autopsies are expected to be carried out on the three crash victims tomorrow.
—additional reporting by Rickie Ramdass