Friday, February 23, 2018

UWI student killed in crash


DRIVER: Joel King

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Fatal crash: The mangled wreck of Joel King's Nissan Tiida at the crash site near the Caroni overpass yesterday.

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A 25-year-old University of the West Indies student was killed early yesterday morning when his car slammed into a pillar supporting the Caroni overpass as he and two friends were heading north along the Uriah Butler Highway.

Joel King also known as Watty, of Mendoza Street, Mt Hope, was killed instantly when his car, a Nissan Tiida crashed into a pillar around 4.30 a.m.

Two of King's friends, Sharvan Bakarr and Kelvin Ghany who were in the car with him at the time survived. They are currently in stable condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, police said.

Chaguanas Police who are continuing investigations believe that King and his friends were returning home from south Trinidad when the car skidded off the road along the north bound lane of the highway.

Speaking at the family home, Sharon King, the sister of the accident victim, described her younger brother as a, "go to guy and a techie," who helped everyone.

She said that prior to UWI, King was a student of Hillview College, Tunapuna adding that he was one of the more reliable and dependable people she knew. He was pursuing a degree in Computer Science at UWI.

"This thing is so tragic to us as a family. It's because he's so young and was about getting himself in order," she said.

King also mentioned that their mother seemed to be in a state of disbelief as she walked around the house displaying little emotion stating, "My son is not coming home today."

She said the last time she spoke to him was on Saturday night when he left home to pick up one of his friends.

The latest road death has taken toll to 164, according to an Express tally.

On Saturday, radio disc jockey with 96.1 WEFM, Gyron Quan, 35, died from injuries he sustained in a car accident on the way to work the night before.