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Why no charge yet?

By SASHA HARRINANAN Thursday, April 18 2013

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PERPLEXED: Accident survivor Abigail Assing yesterday at her Sea Lots home where she wondered why was it taking so long to charge a policeman for the ...
PERPLEXED: Accident survivor Abigail Assing yesterday at her Sea Lots home where she wondered why was it taking so long to charge a policeman for the ...

ABIGAIL ASSING, who survived the February 24 accident along the Beetham Highway in Sea Lots, which left a woman and her two young daughters dead, yesterday asked why was it so hard and why is it taking so long to charge the driver — an off-duty policeman — of the car involved in the killer accident.

“Why is it so hard? The man knocked down people. Why is it so hard to press charges?” 31-year-old Assing asked, during an interview with Newsday. Assing who is one of three persons who survived the accident is still experiencing a lot of pain in her left leg and lower back.

“They could at least charge him for vehicular manslaughter. Three people lost their lives! Why all of this delay? That man must be charged,” Assing declared.

Speaking at her Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots home, Assing said her pain worsens at night. She said anytime she hears the screech of a vehicle’s tyres, she still jumps in fear, several weeks after the accident.

Another survivor Ryan Rampersad, 20, is once again being deemed in a critical condition at Port-of-Spain General Hospital having been moved from the High Dependency Unit (HDU) to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Sunday after having difficulty breathing on his own.

Rampersad’s mother Pearl James said that he underwent surgery on Tuesday to re-insert a breathing tube in his throat. “Because he’s 98 percent paralysed, if Ryan were to vomit he could end up choking to death. He will be on this thing for a very, very long time and if he is ever able to speak again, he would need a mechanical voice box to do so,” she said.

James was one of a few Sea Lots residents who arranged for police officers to interview three eyewitnesses at a house in Pioneer Drive yesterday morning. Both James and Sea Lots residents’ spokesman Kenroy Dopwell told Newsday the statements were the “loose ends” which Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard had earlier this week, requested police “tie up”, before re-submitting the case file to him for his determination on if charges could be laid.

Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson yesterday said he expects to hand in the updated file to the DPP sometime today.

Both James and Dopwell said they will remain sceptical of the police seriously investigating this case until the officer is charged and prosecuted. However, James wanted the officer to know that she had forgiven him, “for causing the accident.”

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