TWO MEN lost their lives in separate car crashes in south Trinidad last Friday night.
The deaths of Glenroy Sylvester of Jalim Street, Malgretoute Road, Princes Town and Hayden Paul Griffith of Marabella, yesterday took the road fatality toll to 132.
Sylvester, 47, was burned after his vehicle caught fire along the Uriah Butler Highway.
Sylvester was driving a white Honda Stream in a southerly direction along the highway when upon reaching the Monroe Road Overpass he lost control.
His vehicle, a seven-seater, flipped several times before it caught afire, then crashed into the walkover near the overpass and split open, police said.
Police responded to the call around 5.30 a.m. and went to the scene to find Sylvester, a mechanical technician for seven years at Nu-Iron Unlimited at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, slumped over the steering wheel.
Fire officers from the Chaguanas Fire Station responded and extinguished the blaze.
Sylvester's brother, Reynold Sylvester, said the family did not know where he was headed at the time of the crash. Sylvester's co-worker, Tony Dewsbury, said he spoke to him around 9 p.m. Friday.
"I called him up and he was asking me if I am coming up the highway. I told him 'no', and he told me he was in my house and he was going to sleep. When I got the call that he died, I thought it was a prank, because I know what he had told me," said Dewsbury.
In the other incident, around 3.20 a.m. Griffith, of Union Road, Marabella, was driving a red Toyota Corolla with passengers Tony Wellington and Nicole Mars, both of Pond Street, Vistabella.
They were headed south along the Solomon Hochoy highway when Griffith's car spun out of control and the vehicle overturned in the vicinity of the Chase Village walkover.
Griffith and Wellington were thrown out of the vehicle and landed on the road.
The three were taken for treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope where Griffith succumbed to his injuries. Mars was discharged from hospital, while Wellington was warded in stable condition.
Griffith's relatives said they were too distraught to speak to the Sunday Express yesterday.
Both autopsies are expected to be conducted tomorrow.