Woman killed in accident

 ONE woman died in a traffic accident in North Trinidad early yesterday morning, bringing the year’s road fatality toll to 155.

And a male driver passed away after pulling aside on Beetham Highway.

The first incident occurred at 2.20 a.m. when Shelly-Ann Charles, 31, of Farm 202, Nicaragua Road, Wallerfield, was driving east along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway with a male occupant.

Near the traffic lights at Demerara Road she lost control and collided with a lamp post on the median. 

Police said the impact was so severe that Charles, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was thrown through the car’s windscreen.

Other motorists stopped to assist and telephoned for an ambulance, which took both victims to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.

Charles succumbed to her injuries at 3.20 a.m., while the other passenger remained in serious condition.

The second fatality was on the Beetham around 11 a.m.

Sources said several motorists heading west noticed a white Kia van parked at the side of the roadway and the driver appeared unresponsive.

When contacted yesterday evening, police at the Besson Street station claimed they did not know what happened, but according to other motorists, the driver of the van had veered safely off the road and stopped.

When other motorists checked him, he was slumped behind the steering wheel.

Police believe that the man, who had not been identified up to last night, may have sustained a heart attack while driving. —Gyasi Gonzales

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