Woman dies in crane crash
The 32-year-old daughter of Roy Rique, a senior public servant attached to the Office of the Prime Minister, was killed on Thursday night in a vehicular accident along the Audrey Jeffers Highway.
According to police reports, at about 8 p.m. 32-year-old Stacy Rique of Broome Street, Diego Martin, had just completed a business meeting at the Marriott Hotel, and was proceeding in a northerly direction in her red Toyota Corolla motor vehicle.
In the vehicle was her friend, Ashelle Waddell, 36, of Warren Street, Woodbrook, who had attended the meeting with her.
It was reported that as Rique was crossing the traffic lights west of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, she came into contact with a heavy-duty multi lift crane driven by Rodney Bissoondath, which was heading in a westerly direction.
The crane, police said, hit the vehicle from the right, and the impact trapped the two friends inside.
The police and emergency health services were notified but the officers were unable to safely remove the two friends and Fire Service officials were called for assistance.
Rique however died at the scene.
Waddell, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, sustained severe injuries to the head and upper body and was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital for treatment.
Bissoondath of St John’s Trace, Claxton Bay reportedly escaped the incident unhurt.
Police said he was employed with Junior Sammy who is also the owner of the heavy equipment.
Rique, police said, was employed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Corporal Telesford of the St James Police Station is continuing investigations.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Dick who was among those who visited the scene has pleaded with motorists and commuters to always exercise caution on the country’s roadways.
“To me you must always exercise caution. Even if you see the light as green, you should still move cautiously and treat the light as red as you can never anticipate the actions of other vehicles or persons on the roadways. I say this because one life lost on our nation’s roadways, is one life too many. So to the motoring public let me say again, please, please exercise caution on the roads,” ACP Dick said.
70 people have died in motor vehicular accidents so far in 2014
Communications manager at the Office of the Prime Minister, Dennis McComie, extended condolences to Rique and his family following the post-Cabinet news conference yesterday
“On behalf of the Prime Minister, Government and all good citizens we should like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and to Roy particularly for this very sad loss. We are prayerfully supporting him all the way through,”McComie said.