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Man dies in crash

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Saturday, August 20 2011

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KILLED: Ronald Chew Lin Choo...
KILLED: Ronald Chew Lin Choo...

A MOTORCYCLE enthusiast who was supposed to leave Trinidad today to take up a job in far-off Malaysia, died instantly yesterday shortly after taking his motorcycle for one last ride before going home to pack his luggage.

Ronald Chew Lin Choo, 49, a father of five, was killed in an accident a short distance away from his home yesterday. Choo aka “Chinee” was a supervisor with Deepwater Limited. At the time of the accident, Choo was due to leave Trinidad for a period of two months.

A police report stated that Choo was riding along the South Trunk Road in La Romaine, when he fell off the motorcycle at about 11.45 am. The cycle crashed into a concrete barrier near the exit lane at RBC’s fast service at Gulf City Shopping Complex. Choo of Jones Street in La Romaine, reportedly died instantly.

He was the brother-in-law of Bishop Jankee Raghunanan of the Tabernacle of Prayer Church.

Speaking to grieving relatives yesterday, his son Joshua Chaitoo, 14, explained that his father loved biking and had just left home when the tragedy struck.

“Daddy went riding with his nephew Richard. He was supposed to leave tomorrow (today) and went for a last ride.

I heard that when he fell, the back tire of the bike skid with the dust in the road and it went crashing into a piece of concrete,” Chaitoo said, adding that Richard was not involved in the accident.

While watching a family photo of Choo on a computer, Chaitoo added that he last spoke to his father on Thursday night. Choo lived with his wife Katie and three children — Joshua, Cristi, eight and Mia, six. He had two other children, Mark, 27, and Kevin,18, from a previous relationship.

Bishop Raghunanan described Choo as an excellent father and family man. “He was a member of TT Bikers Association. My brother-in-law has been doing this since he was very young. He was very friendly and family-oriented.

The family is very traumatised and heart-broken.”

Raghunanan added that Choo was also a member of the church in Philippine, South Trinidad.

Officers from Fire Headquarters (South) visited the accident scene and cleared debris from the roadway. The motorbike was taken to the San Fernando Police Station where it remained up to late yesterday.

Investigations are continuing.

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