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YOUNG CRICKETER LATEST ROAD FATALITY

By Stacy Moore Sunday, March 30 2014

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A MEMBER of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 cricket team yesterday became the country’s latest road fatality victim.

Nineteen-year-old Tevin Robertson died on the spot when his vehicle crashed into a fence on the Petrotrin compound near Gasparillo early Saturday morning. It is believed he fell asleep behind the wheel. He was returning to Tunapuna after dropping off a female friend in Princes Town shortly after 5am on Saturday. He was the son of Earl Robertson and Rhea St John.

Robertson was a left arm fast bowler with the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 criket team for over a year. He has been described as an exemplary player.

According to police reports, Robertson was heading north along the Solomon Hochoy highway in a white Mazda station wagon when on reaching near the Gasparillo flyover near Petrotrin, the car crashed head on into the company’s wire fence. Reports said that car also flipped in the air several times before landing into Petrotrin’s compound.

Robertson, who is originally from Matilda Road, Princes Town, had been staying at a camp in Tunupuna with other members of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 cricket team for training.

On Friday night, he journeyed to south Trinidad to visit friends. He was returning to the training camp after dropping off a female friend at home when the accident occurred.

Robertson’s mother Rhea told Sunday Newsday she was still in shock over her son’s death. She described her son as a good person.

“He had a passion for cricket. Since he was three years old he told me he was going to play with the West Indies team and that he would build a big house for me with a swimming pool.”

Rhea said as her son grew older he told her that one day he would be on the West Indies team. She said he admired Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose (former West Indies pace bowlers). Robertson’s aunt, Nicole St John, recalled how her nephew loved playing cricket with a passion that no one would never understand.

“Cricket was Tevin’s world,” St John told Sunday Newsday.

St John said while most three-year-olds were playing with toys, Robertson was holding his first bat. She said as the years passed Robertson’s love for the sport of cricket deepened.

“He loved everything about cricket. All 6 o’clock in the morning when everyone sleeping, Tevin would wake up just to watch cricket matches. He wanted to be a great cricketer and he worked hard to following his dreams,” St John said.

Robertson’s coach, Physical Education teacher at St Benedict’s college in La Romaine, Amin Forgenie had the sad task of identifying his charge after the crash.

He recalled that Robertson, whom he trained since the age of 12, was the captain of the school’s cricket team. He said in 2013, Robertson played with the Trinidad and Tobago Under 19 cricket team.

He said the cricketer started with Powergen and later transferred to Moosai’s Cricket Club. Forgenie recalled the last time he saw Robertson was on Wednesday when he played with Mosai against Merry Boys at Honey Moon Ground in El Dorado. He said it was painful that a young man who was so full of promise had to have his dreams cut short.

Forgenie said Moosai has extended condolences to his family and has promised to take care of all funeral arrangements.

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB), has also extended its condolences to the family of Robertson.

T&TCB president Azim Bassarath described Robertson as a “disclipined and talented young man who had a bright future in the game. “ He said it was a tragedy that the promising young left- arm fast bowler was cut down just when he was on the cusp of national recognition with the Red Force. (National Team)

Robertson represented TT as a member of the Under-19 team in the regional tournament in Barbados last year and at the time of his passing was on the Red Force squad in training for the four-day tournament currently taking place.

Bassarath said he had the opportunity to observe the Princes Town youngster and like others he was just as impressed as Roberts graduated through the T&TCB age group programmes and was recognised as a future national player.

“It was not surprising, coming out of the South East Zone, that he joined PowerGen and then went on to Moosai’s Sports Club and did well in premiership cricket.

“The local cricket fraternity has now lost two young cricketers in tragic circumstances following the recent shooting death of teenager Akinson Walker in Barataria,” said Bassarath.

And national team coach Manohar Ramsaran also extended his deep condolences to Robertson’s family and friends after he joined in observing a minute’s silence with the T&T and Combined Campuses and Colleges teams before the commencement of the second day’s play at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.

Cpl Lee of the St Margarets’s Police Station is continuing investigations. An autopsy on Robertson’s body is expected to be performed this week following which funeral arrangements will be announced.

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