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Man killed by falling lightpole
Two men are now dead following two separate accidents earlier this week while a missing 78-year-old man was found dead in a pond at Fishing Pond, Sangre Grande, on Tuesday. In the first accident 69-year-old Basdeo Batoon died after a car struck a lightpole which fell and struck him on the head while he attempted to cross the Priority Bus Route near Dinsley Village, Tacarigua.
Batoon, of Best Street, Trincity, was the father of five. His sister, Vashty, said none of his children were aware that he died and are hoping that through the media they could be informed. Police reports are that a Nissan B-13 crashed into the lightpole after receiving a “bad drive” around 11.30 am on Monday. Batoon died on the spot.
In the second accident Junior “Chicken” Noriega, 43, of Andrew Lane, D’Abadie, died when his motorcycle crashed along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, near the Golden Grove intersection. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Complex where he later died from his injuries.
In Sangre Grande, Kalarchan Barratt was found dead one day after he went missing from his Fishing Pond home. He was found face down in a pond early yesterday morning. An autopsy report at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday revealed he suffered a stroke. His nephew, Bobby Barratt, described him as loving man who was last seen alive on Monday around noon. Barratt said his uncle was a strong and healthy man who would ride his bicycle around the family’s nine acres of land.
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