Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Two die as pick-up flips

Two men are dead following a vehicular accident yesterday afternoon along St Michael Road, Tacarigua.

At about 12.30 p.m., Arouca police received information that a black Nissan Navara pick-up was seen lying on its hood at the side of the roadway.

A party of officers from the Northern Division responded and when they arrived they observed the Navara, TCK 7695, on the western side of the road.

In the vehicle were two men — one in the driver’s seat with his seat belt fastened and the other was lying awkwardly on the car roof.

The second man was believed to have been in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of impact.

The top section of the windscreen was shattered and there was a lot of blood on the roof of the vehicle and the windscreen.

The Fire Service and a district medical officer were contacted and police conducted enquiries in the area.

According to police sources, it appeared that the driver was heading in a southerly direction along St Michael Road when he lost control of his vehicle as he turned a corner.

This resulted in the vehicle flipping over before coming to a violent stop on its hood.

Police believe that the event was so sudden that both men may have broken their necks on impact, in addition to the “severe injuries” which led to the unusually large amount of blood they said they encountered in the crash.

Police also recovered a cellular phone and a large quantity of cash in the vehicle which was taken as evidence.

One of the men was clad in a yellow shirt with brown pants, while the other was bareback and in a black pants.

Police sources told the Express yesterday that, based on information they received, the two occupants are believed to be 38-year-old Shastri Rampersad (the driver) and 38-year-old Jason Adams, both from Milton Village, Couva. However, this could not be confirmed up to press time last night.

Sources also told the Express they received information of shots being fired in the general area of the crash, but they could not confirm if the two incidents were linked.

As a result, an autopsy is expected to take place today, to confirm the cause of death.

Their deaths take the toll for the year to date to 79.