Freak road accident claims groom’s father
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Sunday, August 24 2014
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WEDDING preparations turned tragic for a 22 year-old groom-to-be whose father was killed in a vehicular accident in Claxton Bay on Friday night while returning to his home, having dropped off invitations for relatives in Chaguanas.
Dead is Ramlal “Roger” Matadeen, 52, while his ailing father, Rampersad, 71, who was a passenger in the front seat of the car, remained in a serious condition at the San Fernando General Hospital fighting for his life.
Matadeen, a Private for Hire driver along the Princes Town-San Fernando route, lived at Broomage Trace #2, Princes Town, a few houses away from his father. Speaking with Sunday Newsday yesterday at his home, Matadeen’s son, Adesh, 22, said his father and grandfather had earlier dropped off some wedding invitations in Chaguanas. Matadeen and his fiancé, Shamela Rampersad, are to be married on November 27.
But with the tragic death of his father and the serious condition of his grandfather, who has colon cancer and diabetes, Adesh is unsure whether the wedding will still take place.
“It is on, hopefully. I last spoke with my father after 8 pm when they were leaving Chaguanas to come home. They were really looking forward to the wedding. Daddy and I were very close. We never expected something like this to happen. With Grandpa’s ailment and now the accident, things are not looking good for him right now,” said Adesh.
Adesh is the last of Matadeen’s four (adult) children.
Police reports are that about 8.30 pm on Friday, Matadeen was driving on the south-bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway in his black Nisan Almera motorcar. Upon reaching near the Macaulay flyover in Claxton Bay, the driver of a Toyota Fielder wagon, Andre Cameau, who was proceeding ahead of Matadeen on the same lane, suffered a blackout. Reports are that upon this happening, Cameau’s wagon spun several times, finally turned northwards towards Matadeen’s approcahing car, killing him instantly.
The elder Matadeen and Cameau, 27, a musician of Bacchus Street, St Augustine, were rushed to hospital with injuries.
The Matadeen family learnt of the death when District Medical Officer Dr Keith Seelochan, who knew the deceased PH driver, visited the scene to order the removal of the body and contacted them. Up to yesterday both survivors were still receiving treatment and police said Cameau was expected to be discharged by last evening. Rampersad, a pensioner and widower, suffered a broken collar bone as well as several broken ribs, relatives said.
“This is a close-knit family. Adesh is Roger’s third child to get married. His two daughters are married and Adesh would be the first of the two boys to get married. He was a family man who loved children, especially his grandson and nieces and nephews,” a female relative said.
A party of officers of the St Margaret’s Police Station visited the scene and had to divert a massive traffic pile-up which occurred because of the accident. Officers of the Mon Repos Fire Station were also on the scene.