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Cop, young mother injured in accident

Published: 
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Little Elijah George gives his mother Vanessa Persad a kiss as she lay on the side of the M1 Ring Road, Golconda, following an accident on Friday night. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA

A last-minute decision by Vanessa Persad to leave her three-year-old son at home on Friday night may have saved his life.

Persad, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Friday, was supposed to take her son Elijah Aidan George out to dinner with her, but changed her mind at the last minute.

Persad’s boyfriend, a police officer attached to the Penal police station, lost control of his Nissan Frontier pickup and crashed into a concrete embankment as they were returning home from the restaurant. 

The accident took place shortly after 10 pm on Friday along the M1 Ring Road, Golconda. The truck flipped onto its side after hitting the embankment. No other vehicles were involved. The police officer’s name was not given.

The couple both sustained broken legs and Persad, the manager of a furniture store in Penal, has been bleeding internally since the accident.

Her mother, Hemwatie Lumlock, said it was fate that kept her grandson home that night.

“She was going to carry Elijah with them for dinner and last minute she came and told me she don’t think she should carry him again,” Lumlock said. 

“It was meant to be that way, because he so small and tiny I don’t think he would have survived that crash.”

Lumlock said Persad’s right leg was broken in the accident, while her boyfriend’s left leg was broken and his shoulder dislocated. 

Lumlock said she was waiting for an update from doctors at the San Fernando General Hospital on her daughter’s condition. (SR)