Teenager Christopher Andy Seeberan was a model pupil whose life was ended by someone living a fast and furious life, Reverend Ramchand Singh said at the boy's funeral yesterday.
Singh challenged Seeberan's schoolmates to work towards being better citizens, despite many school children being faced with peer pressure, domestic problems and poverty.
"And I want you to turn to God for answers. I want to commend teachers for giving themselves to their students. They have made a great contribution and we need to recognise them," he said.
Principal, teachers and pupils of San Fernando West Secondary School, where Seeberan was a pupil, attended the service at his Golconda Settlement home.
Seeberan, a Third Form pupil, was knocked down near his workplace in Golconda, on the outskirts of San Fernando, around midday last Friday.
He was crossing the road to get to his home at the time.
He died at San Fernando General Hospital.
Relatives said Seeberan worked with a contractor when not attending school.
"On the day he died, he didn't have school. But he chose to make a day work because his birthday was coming up. He wanted to earn an honest dollar to celebrate with his friends and family. But too many men and women are impatient, especially by the traffic light," Pastor Suresh Calpu said.
Calpu, a villager, said the teenager's life should be an example to other young people.
"I believe when people don't fear God, they don't obey the laws of the land. And there are too many people in this country who don't obey the laws, especially traffic laws," he said.
Seeberan's father, Roopnarine "Paco" Seeberan, and his siblings sat around his coffin during the service.
The teenager's mother died when he was a child.
Seeberan was cremated at the Shore of Peace cremation site, Mosquito Creek.
Police said the 31-year-old driver was questioned and released in connection with the case.