A Trinidadian man who migrated to the United States of America in 1988 was killed after he was struck by a bus carrying disabled children in Queens, New York yesterday.
Thackoo Hargobin was born in Congo Village, Ramai Trace, Debe. A former Caroni (1975) Ltd worker he lived in Canarsie, Brooklyn and worked for Astoria-based Hephaistos Building Supply.
The 52-year-old grandfather died at the scene on Borough Place in Woodside about 8.30 a.m., still clutching a cargo strap, the New York Daily News reported.
According to the Daily News, he was knocked off the back of his truck when he was hit by a yellow school bus full of disabled children heading north on Borough Place.
Hargobin's brother, Pundit Chaitram Hargobin, speaking from his home in Debe, said the tragedy was a double hit for the family since September 1 marks the 16th anniversary of the death of their father Pundit Hargobin Persad better known as Pundit Dost Maharaj. Pundit Maharaj also died in a vehicular accident, Hargobin said yesterday.
"My mother is being monitored because this is such a shock to her," he said. "She is not taking this well. None of us expected anything like this to happen."
Hargobin said his brother was a very hard-working allrounder who was always fixing things.
"He came home in January and wanted to do so much for everyone in the community," he added.
The family said yesterday that they were awaiting word from relatives in New York to make final arrangements for the funeral.