|Accident victims to be cremated today |
By Cecily Asson Friday, April 23 2010
The Oropouche East constituency is still reeling from the shock deaths of active chairman Naitram “Alphie” Subiah, 63, his wife Maureen, 60, a receptionist (not teacher) at the Debe High School and recently married daughter Crystal, 24, all of whom perished in a tragic vehicular accident along the Solomon Hochoy Highway, Gasparillo on Tuesday.
And even as hectic campaigning continues in other constitutencies, the mood at the office of the UNC Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal where Subiah operated daily, remains very sombre.
Subiah’s administrative secretary Shamaine Lewis, 25, told Newsday yesterday, his biggest dream was to see political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar become the first female prime minister.
“He didn’t live to see it happen,” she said.
“He was so involved in the politics and just about an hour before his death he was right here in the office discussing walkabouts in the area and dealing with transportation issues, all in an effort to see her win.
If she wins, it should be dedicated to him because he really was behind her 100 percent.
Lewis said Subiah was the person in charge of transport for the elections.
Recalling her last moments with him, Lewis said it was a phone call that Subiah received on Tuesday which caused him to leave the office..
She continued: “I don’t know if it was his wife who called, but he went to the school to pick her up. When he was leaving, he tapped me on my shoulder and said he was going to come back.
“I did not know it would be the last time I would see him.”
Lewis said for the past four years she and Subiah worked together in the office.
“He was such a nice person, a real family man and everyone liked him a lot,” she said.
“This is election time and he will be missed a lot because he was a key member of our campaign team.”
When contacted Dr Moonilal said the couple’s two surviving children along with other family members were still in shock and Subiah’s mother has been inconsolable since the news of the accident
A report stated that Subiah, his wife and daughter were killed on Tuesday when a runaway National Four Mills (NFM) truck driven by Kevin Moses crossed the median and slammed into the 4x4 pick-up he was driving on the north-bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of the Gasparillo flyover.
The couple died instantly while their daughter died a short while later at the San Fernando General Hospital.
Meanwhile, NFM truck driver, Kevon Moses, 32, of East Dry River, and one of his two colleagues Nigel Kelly, 35, remain warded at the San Fernando General Hospital. His other colleague, Jeff Lewis, has been discharged.
Their funerals will take place today, following which their bodies will be cremated at the Shore of Peace, Mosquito Creek.