By NALINEE SEELAL Friday, August 1 2014
THE 21-YEAR-OLD South Trinidad man who was detained on Tuesday by police, following the deaths of three members of a Penal family, yesterday expressed a deep sense of grief and sadness over the loss of lives. He is expected to receive counselling to assist him in the days ahead.
The young man who is unemployed, said he is sorry over the deaths of the Penal family and that the sight of the bodies of Mahadeo Ramcharan, his (Mahadeo) wife Nanda and their 13-year-old son Nyron, would forever haunt him.
Newsday was told shortly after 2 pm yesterday, the driver of Palmiste was informed by Traffic officers of the Chaguanas Police Station that the Office of the DPP had ordered he be released pending further enquiries.
The man who had been in police custody since Tuesday afternoon was allowed to contact relatives who later arrived at the police station and picked him up. The visibly upset relatives of the driver themselves expressed sadness over the deaths of the three persons.
The release of the driver came after officers of the Central Division sought directions from the office of the DPP into what police action should be taken. Yesterday, Snr Supt Johnny Abraham who is the head of the Central Division confirmed that the police had been instructed to release the man, pending further enquiries.
The young driver who was administered a breathalyser test following the accident, passed the test, but officers decided to detain him because of eyewitness’ accounts of his alleged infraction of traffic laws on Tuesday, which led to the accident. According to police reports at about 1.45 pm on Tuesday, a white Mitsubishi Station wagon driven by the 21-year-old man of Palmiste, was proceeding along the north bound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway in the vicinity of the Endeavour Flyover when a Blue garbage truck driven by a 45-year-old man of Saut D’eau Road, Paramin was also proceeding in the same direction in front of the station wagon.
According to reports, the driver attempted to overtake the garbage truck but instead collided with the rear of the truck which swerved, went off the highway, across the median and onto the south-bound lane, crashing into the Honda Civic driven by Ramcharan.
Ramcharan, his wife and their son died on the spot. Ramcharan’s other sons aged 17 and 12, were left orphaned. The three were heading to their Penal home after leading the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope where Nyron had gone for dialysis treatment.
Fire Officers from the Chaguanas Fire Services responded along with Ag/CPL Rampersad and WPC Mohan from the Chaguanas Police Station. The scene was visited by DMO Dr Indarjit Birjah, who ordered the removal of the bodies to the San Fernando Mortuary for postmortem. Visiting the scene were ACP Dulalchan, Snr Supt Abraham, Insp Mystar, Insp Sookah, and Minister of National Security, Gary Griffith.