AN American tourist visiting for the Carnival season was killed in a highway crash yesterday.
Ernst Lorquet, 37, of New York, was on his way to the airport for a visit to Tobago.
Police said at around 4.30 a.m., Lorquet was a passenger in a Nissan E25 with five other occupants — two of whom are from Barbados — headed north along Uriah Butler Highway.
Lorquet and the five others, police were told, were headed to the airport to catch a plane to Tobago to spend the day.
Police said in the vicinity of the Divali Nagar site, Chaguanas, the vehicle’s right rear tyre blew out.
The driver, Anne Roseman, lost control of the vehicle and it spun and skidded sideways, slammed into a utility pole then came to a stop in a ditch on the western side of the highway.
Witnesses contacted the police and ambulance service.
The five other occupants of the vehicle were taken to Chaguanas Health Facility for medical treatment and were later transferred to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.
Police said the vehicle was found to have smooth tyres and it is believed this caused the crash.
Two of the occupants of the vehicle were visiting from Barbados, police said.
Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov said the autopsy was not done yesterday as two US nationals, who came on behalf of Lorquet, did not have legal identification for him, only his credit card.
Alexandrov said he directed the two men to Chaguanas Police Station to speak with police officers about Lorquet’s possessions.
The autopsy is expected to be performed on Monday.
Visiting the scene were Corporal Ramphal and constables Cassie, Modeste, Beharry and Ramoutar.