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Trini-born US resident dies after crash

Friday, January 3 2014

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Leon Jagroop... died at hospital after car crash....
Leon Jagroop... died at hospital after car crash....

The quiet village of Mohess Road, Penal is mourning the death of Leon Jagroop, 20, who relatives said arrived from the United States (US) to spend the Christmas with his father Insp Salick Jagroop and close family members.

Jagroop was killed in a vehicular accident yesterday and became the country’s first road fatality for 2014.

His father works at the Point Fortin Police Station and received the news of his son’s death shortly before his shift ended.

According to a police report, Leon, a US resident formerly of Sahani Branch Trace, Mohess Road, Penal succumbed to injuries following a vehicular accident along the Solomon Hochoy Highway, Claxton Bay.

At his father’s home yesterday, neighbours and relatives gathered to offer condolences and to prepare for a wake. Leon’s grandfather, Jagroop Sookhoo, 77, spoke on his family’s behalf saying Salick, his son, was too distraught.

Sookhoo recalled how he last saw his grandson at about 3 pm on New Year’s Day. He said there was a get-together at home and everyone was in a happy mood. He said Leon left home saying he was going to Mt Hope to visit relatives. The bereaved grandfather said he never knew it would be the last time he would see his grandson, whom he described as a “very good, loving boy.”

“We never know when is our time to go. You see when a tree flowers and it has fruits on it and a high wind blows and young, ripe, green all kinds of fruit fall, so it is with his life. You never know when is your turn,” he said shaking his head sadly. He said Leon worked as a safety officer and was due to return to the US on January 14. He lived in the US with his mother and two of his brothers are in the US army. A police report said at about 3.30 am yesterday, Leon was driving a silver Toyota car along the south-bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, in the vicinity of Macaulay, Claxton Bay, when the car veered off the road and crashed. He died at about 6.30 am at San Fernando General Hospital where he was being treated for his injuries, police said.

A passenger Brandon Mahabir, of Boodoo Trace, Debe is said to be in serious condition at hospital.

Sergeant Vijay Ramdhanie of the Traffic Department is continuing investigation. Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised.

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