AN early-morning accident in Valencia yesterday claimed the lives of two more people, carrying the country’s road fatality figure for the year so far to 30.
Fire officers had to use the jaws of life device to remove the bodies of 28-year-old Otto Gilbert and a woman identified as Kerrio Collivere, 27.
Investigating officers said at around 3.10 a.m., Gilbert, of North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande, was driving his black Mitsubishi Lancer east along the Valencia stretch when he attempted to overtake another vehicle. Upon doing so, he collided with a silver Nissan Wingroad wagon travelling in the opposite direction.
After the collision, Gilbert’s vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into a utility pole, said police.
Other motorists who witnessed the accident made a report to police, the Emergency Health Services (EHS), and fire officials who arrived on the scene shortly after.
Police said Gilbert and Collivere, who lived at Eastern Main Road, Sangre Chiquito, were both trapped in the car and died at the scene.
The driver of the other vehicle, Darryl Sookdeo, 21, of Wallenville Road, Guaico, Sangre Grande, was rushed to the Sangre Grande District Hospital where he was treated and remained warded up to yesterday evening.
Corporal Kitsingh of the Sangre Grande Police Station is continuing investigations into the incident.