WILFRED MORRIS died on Saturday when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was involved in an accident along the San Fernando Bypass Road, San Fernando.
Morris, 46, of Upper Belmont Valley Road, Belmont, passed away at the scene of the crash. He was the father of Nicholas Morris, leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Youth Arm, and the party issued a statement yesterday expressing its condolences.
Eyewitness Kenrick Bicaroo, an estate constable supervisor working at the nearby Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Mon Repos installation, said he was standing outside, when he saw a silver Kia Sorento heading along the South-bound lane of the roadway. It was around 1.30 p.m.
The driver, Bicaroo said, lost control of the vehicle and it struck a lightpole, which fell. He said the SUV hit a tree stump and landed on its hood.
Bicaroo said he did not believe the car was speeding at the time of the accident.
He told reporters he ran to assist the occupants of the vehicle and the driver was continuously asking for help for his passenger who was murmuring.
Bicaroo contacted emergency personnel.
Morris succumbed to his injuries while the driver was taken to the hospital.
San Fernando police are continuing investigations.
Yesterday, the UNC issued a statement signed by political leader Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, extending condolences to Nicholas Morris and his family.
It said, “The United National Congress wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences to the leader of our Youth Arm, Nicholas Morris, on the sudden passing of his father, Wilfred Morris, who died early today in a vehicular accident in San Fernando at age 47, in the prime of his life.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic blow to the Morris family, especially coming at a time when the world is celebrating Father’s Day.
“We empathise with Nicholas, who grew up in our party and remains one of the more dedicated members of the family. Today he needs the strength to deal with the tragic circumstances that now face him, and we in the UNC stand with him every step of the way.
“Saying farewell to a loved one—especially in circumstances such as the one that has befallen the Morris family—is difficult. Saying goodbye to a loving father on a day dedicated to honouring fathers is much more so.
“But in our collective grief we take solace in the knowledge that Wilfred Morris is now in the arms of our loving Father, the Almighty who keeps watch over us and guides our lives.
“We pray for Nicholas and the rest of the family to celebrate everything that Wilfred Morris represented as a father, a husband and friend. His passing leaves a void that no one can fill. But he will remain immortal through his deeds and the love he had for his family.
“On behalf of the UNC and its various institutions, I extend my deepest condolences to Nicholas and his family at this sad time.”