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Car crushes woman

By CECILY ASSON Friday, February 14 2014

FOUR days after being brought to San Fernando General Hospital with severe internal injuries sustained in a freak accident outside a pre-school where she taught for ten years, former teacher Uma Rahim, 42, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday night at hospital.

Relatives told Newsday yesterday Rahim slipped into a coma on Saturday and died at 7 pm that evening.

Close family members had just left her side to speak with doctors when she passed away.

On February 4, Rahim, a mother of two of St John’s Trace, Avocat was pinned under her blue Nissan Bluebird car for more than half-an-hour after the vehicle which she left with its engine runnng, as she crossed at the back of it to go into the pre-school, rolled back and knocked her down.

Newsday was told by relatives that Rahim was dragged about 50 feet down a hill before the car came to a stop on the main road. Rahim who resigned her teaching job after the birth of her second child Neha, two years ago, continued serving the needs of the school community by transporting students to Usha’s Pre-School at Hillview Gardens, St John’s Trace, Avocat.

Newsday was told the few women who were present at the school at the time to collect their children could only look on in horror and scream as the event unfolded.

Rahim remained trapped under the back tyres of the car, screaming in agony for about half-an- hour before help came and she was freed from under the car.

She was rushed to the SFGH in an ambulance.

Yesterday, relatives were deep in mourning over Rahim’s death. She was described as a kind person who loved children dearly.

“She was badly crushed,” her 21-year-old daughter Priya cried. “She was conscious when she was removed from under the vehicle. She asked for water and later told my father (Mahindra Rahim) to take care of my baby sister and I,” the weeping woman said. Rahim would be cremated today following a funeral service at her home. Officers at the Fyzabad Police Station are continuing investigations.

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