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Police inspector’s son killed in highway crash
Just two days into 2014, the country recorded its second road fatality with the death of a police inspector’s son. US resident Leon Jagroop, 20, died while being treated at the Accident and Emergency department of the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday morning. He was the son of Insp Salick Jagroop, of the Point Fortin Police Station. Jagroop’s friend Brandon Mahabir, of Boodoo Trace, Debe, was injured in the crash and is in a critical condition at hospital.
Around 3.30 am, the men were travelling south along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway in a silver Toyota Corolla driven by Jagroop. Witnesses said that as Jagroop passed the Forres Park Overpass, the car began to swerve and flipped several times before crossing the median and stopping on the northbound lane. Both men were taken to the hospital where, despite the efforts of doctors, Jagroop succumbed to heavy internal bleeding.
Relatives said Jagroop came to Trinidad in mid-December to spend Christmas with his family at their Mohess Road, Debe, home. He was expected to leave on Saturday to enrol as a recruit in the US Army. Colleagues of his father said Jagroop senior was just about to finish the night shift at the police station when he learned of his son’s death.