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Parents mourn death of young cricketer
BY STACY MOORE Monday, March 31 2014
HAVING one leg did not deter Earl Robertson from attending every one of his son’s Tevin’s cricket matches. Cricket he said was Tevin ’s life and it soon became his (Earl’s) life. Earl’s left leg was amputated five years ago because of diabetes but, with the assistance of two crutches, he would board a taxi to attend his son’s matches. Robertson, 19, who was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 cricket team, died on the spot when the car he was driving crashed into a fence on the Petrotrin compound near Gasparillo along the Solomon Hochoy Highway on Saturday morning.
It is believed he fell asleep behind the wheel. He was returning to Tunapuna after dropping off a female friend at Princes Town shortly after 5 am. Speaking to Newsday from his Contention Street , Princes Town home yesterday, Earl recalled five years ago when doctors told him his left leg had to be amputated. He was warded for 15 days at the San Fernando General Hospital. At that time Tevin was attending St Benedicts College, La Romaine. “I know he did not take it well after they had to amputate my leg. He and all my family members stood by my side, but Tevin had to get counseling. He did not take it good at all, but he was always at my side,” the sad father recalled. He said soon after he was able to use crutches he began attending his son’s matches. “I remember going to his first game at a ground in Tableland. He had made close to 60 something runs and everyone was so amazed. I was so proud,” he said.
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