Trinidad: Six killed in Carnival weekend crashes

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(Trinidad Express) – Carnival 2020 has turned out to be one of the bloodiest in recent history on the roads of Trinidad.

At least six people died between Sunday and this morning, and several of the crashes were blamed of speed.

At around 10.15 a.m. Isaiah Lopez died when the car in which he was a passenger, slammed into a utility pole along the Mayaro/Manzanilla Road.

The driver of the car, Owen Jwahir, 22 of Arima, and Lopez were part of a camp group, and the two were heading to Sangre Grande to purchase items.

On the Eastern Main Road, Curepe, Mark Hosan died when his Sukuki Gran Vitara crashed through the front wall of a residence, then smashed through a railing, billboard and a retaining wall.

It happened near Massy Stores. When the vehicle came o a stop, it caught fire and began burning.

Hosan, of Lasolita Trace, Lower Santa Cruz died at the scene.

In Las Lomas, biker Kevin James died when his motorcycle crashed into a light pole at Ramoo Trace on Monday afternoon.

He died at the scene.

In Penal, 17-year-old Shane Jattan died when a car in which he was a passenger went airborne and landed on the hood.

As he lay on the Penal Rock Road near the wreckage, the boy’s mother held onto him weeping, and called out his name until undertakers took his body away.

Jattan’s sister, Nilesha Jattan-Sampath, 25, and her husband, Shane Sampath, sustained chest and head injuries and were taken to hospital.

Shane Sampath was the driver of the vehicle in which his wife, Jattan, and a friend Reshan Mohammed were passengers.

Around 3.50 p.m. Sampath was near the Kubairsingh Hindu School when another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction swerved into his lane.

Police were told that Sampath tried to avoid a collision and his vehicle flipped and landed on the hood.

Jattan, who was seated in the front seat, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

There was also a crash at the Morvant Junction traffic lights that killed a man when a maxi taxi, pick up van and car collided after someone broken the red light on Sunday night.

In Cedros, where the area hosted a Jouvert that attracted an estimated 10,000 people, police said there was a head-on crash on Monday night. Police say an intoxicated driver slammed his vehicle into a vehicle driven by a woman, who was taken to hospital with head injuries.

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