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Grandad killed, 2 hurt in crash

Published: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

La Romain grandfather Harry Arjoon is T&T’s latest road fatality. Yesterday the 63-year-old man of 33 Pemberton Street, La Romain, was pronounced dead on arrival at the San Fernando General Hospital after the van he was travelling in crashed along the South Trunk Road, La Romain. A second unidentified occupant was taken to the hospital, as well as, driver Martin Gomez, of 19 Pond Street, La Romain. They remained warded up to last night. Eyewitness Stasha Cato, 30, speaking with the T&T Guardian at her South Trunk, La Romain, home, thanked her lucky stars yesterday.

 

 

Both she and her sister, Afisha Baal, 23, escaped death when the van, in which Arjoon was travelling, crashed into the wall outside their father Michael Cato’s home around 12.30 pm. Cato, who admitted she was still shaken from witnessing the crash, said she was more worried about her sister’s safety because she is two weeks pregnant. According to Cato, a mother of one, she and her sister were sitting at the side of the house facing the South Trunk Road, near Prive lounge, when she saw the grey van and a red car speeding. “I see cars speed here all the time but the car and the van were speeding with each other and it looked like the van was overtaking the red car. 

 

I just hear a bang and I see the van flipping several times and crash straight into the wall, lightpole and bounce the billboard sign,” she said. Cato said the red car kept on driving after the van crashed. She said: “We ran because we get frighten. The van was coming towards the house. My sister two weeks pregnant and she start to run. She said she get belly pain out of the fright.” Investigations are continuing into the crash.