A police constable assigned to the Couva Municipal Police, who was directing traffic along the Solomon Hochoy Highway, was killed when a female motorist ploughed into him just after midday yesterday. The 25-year-old San Juan woman, a student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus, was up to late yesterday assisting investigators. A white Lexus which was driven by the woman has been impounded. Police said PC Reynold Dobson and WPC Wendy Lewis were on duty at the southbound lane of the highway when the driver rammed into the unsuspecting police officers who were standing at the back of a trailer.
Dobson from Edinburgh, Chaguanas, was flung several feet into the air. His mangled body was discovered sandwiched between the trailer and the car. Lewis, assigned to the Chaguanas Police Station, was catapulted to the top the trailer. She was taken to the Couva District Hospital, then transferred to San Fernando General Hospital where she was warded in a stable condition. Lewis, believed to be in her early 30s lives at Carlsen Field, Chaguanas. The Lexus then crashed head-on into a Nissan B15, resulting in that car smashing into another.
The drivers of the cars, including the female motorist, escaped with minor injuries. Relatives of the female driver said they were seeking the advice of a lawyer as they believed she was questioned while receiving treatment at hospital. The accident resulted in a major traffic congestion as repairs were being undertaken to underground drains in an area north of the Ato Boldon Stadium. Because the extensive work being conducted on the highway, traffic was restricted to one lane. Sgt Meharris of the Freeport Police is continuing inquiries.