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Student, 22, fatally knocked down by car

By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Saturday, May 31 2014

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Grieving family: Harriet Patricia John, left, mother of Jheron Emmanuel, and her sister Jacqueline Armstrong (right) hold a picture of Emmanuel and an...
Grieving family: Harriet Patricia John, left, mother of Jheron Emmanuel, and her sister Jacqueline Armstrong (right) hold a picture of Emmanuel and an...

Jheron Emekel EmManuel, 22 is the country’s 55 th road fatality.

According to police reports, at about 9.20 pm on Thursday, Emmanuel was attempting to cross from north to south on the Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard, in the vicinity of Jasper Avenue, Diego Martin when he was hit by a blue Toyota Corolla. Police was alerted and DMO Dr Sangam Reddi declared Emanuel dead on the spot.

Newsday spoke to relatives of Emmanuel at their home LP 43 C St Lucien Road, Diego Martin, as they prepared for a wake.

“When I heard that my son had been hit by a car, I was in shock. I was trembling so much that I could have barely gotten in a car to get to him. Drivers should be more careful with that part of the road. These drivers are speeding up on the highway to turn on Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard before they could get the red light. I always see that happening on that road,” said Emmanuel’s mother, Harriet Patricia John, 54.

Witnesses say Emmanuel was on his way home with his friend, only known as Jason, when they got to the traffic lights. Emmanuel was already crossing as the crossing light changed from amber to red for pedestrians to stop. At the same time the signal was about to change to green for drivers to proceed. A driver stopped because he saw people were already crossing.

Jason, however, saw another car approaching at top speed and tried calling out to Emmanuel, clapping so he would hear, but Emmanuel didn’t and he was knocked down. According to the family, the driver claimed he did not see Emmanuel.

His aunt, Jacqueline Armstrong, recounted the experience of receiving the call that would change their family. “Someone called me, and then I called Harriet. We didn’t have it in our minds that he was dead.

When we heard he got hit by the car I was just looking for a broken leg or something, not realising how serious it was. When I got there I just couldn’t take it. Of course his mother just broke down as soon as she saw his body, even though the body was at a distance and a crowd was around him. The ambulance came and tried to revive him but it was too late.

He was real mash-up. When the DMO came they couldn’t hold him by his shoulders, they had to pick him up by his T-shirt,”Armstrong said.

Reports say Emmanuel was thrown 20 feet in the collision.

Emmanuel would be remembered as an aspiring graphic artist

“He loved art, and he was well loved. Everybody saw his body on the ground. Whether it was big people or little children, everybody loved him.

He was like a saltfish. He would have been 23 in October and he was studying graphic arts at the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago in his second year while working. He was also very conscious of his heritage and a very active person with many friends,” John said.

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