Boy, 9, dies in bike ride
By STACY MOORE Tuesday, August 6 2013
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Fatal ride: Keon Taylor (inset) died when a car crashed into a bicycle on which he was being given a ride by a friend in Siparia on Saturday. The car ...
INSTEAD of buying school books and uniforms for their nine-year-old son Keon Taylor, a Siparia couple will now be making funeral preparations to bury him. Keon was killed following an accident along Coora Road, Siparia on Saturday night.
At the time, Keon was on the handlebars of a bicycle ridden by his friend, Affan Gopaul, when a vehicle collided with the bicycle. Keon and Gopaul were thrown several feet in the air before landing on the roadway. Keon died on the spot. Gopaul was taken to the Siparia Health Facility and later transferred to San Fernando General Hospital where he remains warded. Gopaul sustained a broken leg.
Speaking to Newsday at their home on Coora Road, Keon’s father, Victor Basanta, and mother, Shular Taylor, were devastated.
“Words can’t explain how I feel right now that my boy gone for good,” said Basanta. Basanta last saw his son before the accident when Keon left home earlier that day with his elder brother to buy chicken feed at a farm.
“I remember just passing my hand on his head when he was leaving home. I loved my boy,” the distraught father said.
Keon was the second of five children, ages ranging from nine months to eleven years.
“It is hard for us. The children can’t stop crying and are asking for their brother. We tell them what happened and some of them understand that he has died, but the smaller ones keep asking for him,” said Shular.
Keon was expected to enter first year at Siparia Anglican Primary School. Shular said her son was starting primary school late due to problems with his birth certificate which was recently addressed. His parents were planning to shop this month for school books and uniform.
She said Keon had a love for bicycles and she would often let him go out with his friends to get a ride on their bicycle as he did not have one.
“I didn’t know that would be the last time I would see him when he was leaving home alive,” she said. Shular said when she was told of the accident she went to the Siparia Health Facility where she saw the body of her son on a bed.
“He had bruises all over his body and his purple and black shirt he had on was ripped .It looked as if his neck was also broken,” Shular said. According to police reports, at about 7.15 pm Keon and Gopaul were riding a bike along Coora Road when a vehicle proceeding in the opposite direction crashed into the boys.
The driver, a 37-year-old woman, was detained for questioning by police and has since been released. The family said the female driver, who lives in Siparia, has not contacted them. An autopsy of Keon’s body is expected to be performed today at the San Fernando Mortuary.