By STACY MOORE Friday, September 7 2012
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DEADLY CRASH: The badly damaged silver-coloured Mazda sedan in which elderly couple Cynthia and Rajkumar Ramnarine were fatally wounded after it colli...
AN ELDERLY Siparia couple, who were heading to Piarco International Airport where the wife was to board a flight to Canada due celebrate the birthday of their daughter, died hours apart yesterday following an accident along the Uriah Butler Highway near Chaguanas.
Bina Jaikaran was supposed to greet her mother Cynthia Ramnarine, 69, in time for her (Jaikaran’s) birthday on Sunday. Instead, she will now journey to Trinidad to participate in the final rites for both her mother Cynthia and father Rajkumar, 76.
The Ramnarines who lived at Edward Trace in Siparia were passengers in a silver-coloured Mazda sedan driven by their 47-year-old son Krishan. Also in the car was Krishan’s common-law wife Anndanie Ramkissoon, 48. Both Krishan and his common-law wife walked away from the accident with minor injuries.
At about five o’clock yesterday morning, Krishan was driving north along the highway when without warning, the wheels locked and the car spun several times before crashing into a pole at the side of the road. Cynthia had a 9 am flight for Canada.
Krishan told Newsday he remains in a state of shock. “This is a day I can never forget. I have lost both my parents. Why?” the emotional man asked. “Everything happened so quickly. I remember there was a lot of traffic. And I was on the right lane.
“My parents were in the back seat and Anndanie was in the front seat. A vehicle overtook my car and quickly pulled in front of me. Afraid that I would hit this vehicle, I applied brakes but my car developed a skid and began spinning on the road. It then crashed into a light pole,” Krishan said.
“I saw that my wife was okay. As I looked behind, I saw both of my parents bleeding. My dad was just staring blankly. Mom, like she went into a state of shock as she kept asking, ‘oh gosh, oh gosh what happened here Krishan? I could not believe it. I just wanted them to be okay. I told her not to worry,” he recalled.
Krishan said his parents who have two other children, were married for the past 56 years. He added that it was his mother who frequently travelled aboard to Canada. “My mother and father were very close. They never left each other’s side and were very family oriented. They were the parents anyone would want.”
Cynthia died while undergoing emergency surgery at the Chaguanas Health Facility two hours after the accident while her husband died yesterday evening while warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope.
An autopsy which was done on Cynthia revealed that she died as a result of a fractured spine and multiple internal injuries. The autopsy was performed by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov.
An autopsy is expected to be done today on Rajkumar. The couple’s daughter Bina was due to arrive in Trinidad at 11 o’clock last night. Chaguanas Police officers are continuing investigations.