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Two killed in separate accidents

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

RUPERT Thomas was supposed to visit the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca yesterday to bail out a brother in trouble with the law.

But Thomas died Monday night when his car crashed into the Cross Crossing bridge, San Fernando.

When told of the death, Thomas’s imprisoned brother Fitzroy, broke down and cried, the Express was told.

Thomas was the second road fatality victim on Monday night.

Two hours before in Mayaro, motorcyclist Joseph Modeste was killed when his bike crashed into a wall of the Mafeking Community Centre. The crash happened along the Mayaro/Rio Claro Old Road.

Thomas died at around 9.40 p.m. Police were told that Thomas, a pump attendant and watchman, was driving a Nissan Sunny north along the interchange when he collided with a pillar on the right side of the bridge. 

He was thrown from vehicle and landed on the roadway where he died. 

Thomas’ brother, Earl Swift, told the Express that his brother was headed to work when the crash occurred. 

Swift said: “I spoke to him Monday afternoon. We had plans to go today (Tuesday) to  the jail to bail out our brother, Fitzroy. I called Fitzroy and told him what happened and he broke down and cried.” 

Swift said Thomas was the father of one, and his wife and son lived in the United States. 

“He loved his job. He worked there probably for more than 30 years. I don’t know if he was driving fast, but I think he was a good driver”, said Swift. 

An autopsy conducted yesterday at the mortuary of the San Fernando General 

Hospital found that Thomas died of a broken neck and a fractured skull. Funeral arrangements are being made for later this week. 

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