FOUR PERISH IN ROAD ACCIDENTS
By NALINEE SEELAL Sunday, May 13 2012
Two brothers and their 19-year-old cousin died early yesterday morning after the vehicle in which they were occupants crashed into a Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain business-place. The driver of the car escaped with minor injuries and was warded in stable condition at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital yesterday.
Police reports revealed that at about 4.30 am yesterday, Patrick Rennie, of Wharton Street, Laventille, was driving his maroon B12 car south along Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, in company with the two brothers and their cousin when he lost control of the vehicle. The car crashed into a business-place identified as Soup Home, located on the western side of Charlotte Street, near the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. The business-place was closed at the time.
Eyewitnesses to the incident managed to pluck the driver from the vehicle. However, occupants Stefan James, 24, Kevon James, 22, and Kerry Joseph, 19, of Upper Wharton Street, Laventille, all died in the crash.
The bodies were viewed by a District Medical Officer who ordered their removal to the Port-of- Spain mortuary. The car was towed to the Central Police Station and investigations are continuing.
Up to last evening Rennie was said to be at hospital nursing injuries.
The victims were reportedly returning home after a night out at the Attic nightclub in Maraval.
Yesterday at the upper Wharton Street, Laventille home of the two brothers, their grandmother, Christine James, said she adopted the two boys when they were babies, and she is the only mother they knew. She added that Anthony never called her mummy but instead referred to her as “Sweetness”.
She said that she only found out yesterday that the boys, who were said to be inseparable, were planning a surprise Mothers’ Day party for her, but now that they are gone there will be no Mothers’ Day for her today.
“Those boys were my life and never gave me any trouble or brought tears to my eyes, but they were full of life and loved to party, and I believe that if they had listened to me and stayed at home they would still be alive today,” James told Sunday Newsday.
According to the distressed woman, she had a strange dream a few months ago, in which she saw blood oozing from Anthony’s face, and she advised him and his brother that she felt danger was lurking close by for them.
“I cannot believe that this has happened to my boys almost hours before Mothers’ Day, and while I was planning to have a fun-filled day with the both of them, I will instead be making funeral arrangements and trying to come to terms with the deaths,” she said.
She pointed out that instead of a party at her house, there will be a wake, and she is now unsure how she will be able to deal with the loss of the two boys, who meant everything to her.
Stefan worked at Long Circular Mall in a club, while Kevon was a construction worker.
Yesterday, Christine was visited by neighbours and relatives, who offered comfort and support in her time of grief.
Even neighbours of the two boys expressed surprise over their deaths.
At the home of Joseph, the cousin of the two other victims, relatives said he was a former Tranquility Government student and recently graduated from Servol. They described him as a person with a bright future, but who was sidetracked by his love for liming and having a good time. They, however, pointed out that he was a decent human being who was extremely ambitious.
In an unrelated incident, police are also investigating a fatal collision in Arouca on Friday.
Reports are that at about 6 pm, a vehicle, driven by a soldier, was travelling east along the Priority Bus Route near Railway Road when it struck a man who was attempting to ride across the roadway. The victim was identified as Anthony Garcia. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deaths of the four persons took the road fatality toll to 43.