Mother of four killed in highway accident
By CECILY ASSON Monday, August 12 2013
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Anita Benjamin...died in road accident....
A love relationship which was re-kindled only a year ago has once again left Mikey Ramlal, 51, a broken-hearted man. Ramlal’s common-law wife Anita Benjamin, 44, who returned to his arms after three years living apart, was killed right before his eyes in a tragic road accident on Saturday night. Ramlal said all he could have done was “just run and pick up the body.”
“I didn’t know what to do again — she was dead,” he cried. They shared a 13-year relationship, Ramlal said.
According to a police report, the driver of a black Audi car was proceeding south along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of the Indian Trail overpass near Couva when he came in contact with a woman standing in the middle of the road. The area was unlit, police said, and the driver swerved to avoid hitting the woman, but was unable to do so. Benjamin, a mother of four and grandmother of nine, died on the spot.
Ramlal, a Ministry of Works employee was inconsolable yesterday when he spoke with Newsday.
“Up to now I don’t know what happened,” he added covering his face. According to Ramlal, he along with Benjamin and friends were returning to their home at San Francique Road, Penal after shopping for car parts and ceramic tiles when tragedy struck.
He went on to explain: “The driver stopped on the shoulder because he wanted to relieve himself. I also came out to do the same. I left her in the car up to now I don’t know why she came out the car and how she ended up in the path of the vehicle. I don’t know if she was trying to cross the road.”
He said he heard a loud noise only to realise that she had been knocked down by a car.
“When the car hit her all I could do is just run and pick up the body.”
Ramlal said he and Benjamin were planning to travel to Canada soon.
“She was a loving woman with a big heart and I always loved her despite our ups and downs.”
He said they were separated when she migrated to America — she lived there for three years before returning home.
Ramlal added: “We got back together about a year ago and we were just starting back our lives together. She was a changed person and life was good for us. We were finishing up our home and we went to buy the tiles for the kitchen.”
An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the Forensic Science Centre.
The driver of the vehicle was questioned and subsequently released, police said.
Couva Police are continuing investigations.