collision: Balton Barnwell, right, leaves the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court yesterday with attorney Michael Rooplal. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON


Two testify in fatal crash case

By \\\\\ Innis Francis

Two witnesses, including a survivor of the 2009 Mosquito Creek crash that killed five people, testified yesterday in the San Fernando First Magistrates’ Court, in the case against the truck driver charged in the deaths.

Witness Vedesh Ramsaran, who survived the accident, and Denishwar Maharaj, the uncle of nine-year old Sachin Maharaj, who died in the crash, gave evidence before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington, in the San Fernando First Magistrates’ Court.

Ramsaran was one of the persons in the panel van taking a group to the Balls of Fire cricket match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on August 15, 2009, when there was a head-on collision with a dump truck driven by Balton Barnwell.

Barnwell, 74, was charged by Sgt Vijay Ramdhanie with causing the deaths by  dangerous driving of Sachin Maharaj, Sachin Singh, 12, Rajkumar Deonarine, 15, Rishi Ramlogan, 22, and Rajesh Ramnarine, 37, all of South Oropouche.

Barnwell is on $500,000 bail and his driver’s licence has been taken away by the court. 

The case is being prosecuted by attorney Ambay Ramkhelewan.

Attorney Michael Rooplal held for attorney Jagdeo                               Singh, who is representing Barnwell.

The preliminary enquiry was adjourned to August 6.

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