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Tuesday 24 October 2017
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Mother of four killed crossing road

IN HAPPIER TIMES: Leona Scott, 42, and her son Shakeem, 2. Leona was knocked down by a vehicle on South Trunk Road, La Romaine.

A 42-year-old CEPEP labourer who got off an excursion bus to urinate ended up dead instead after being knocked down when she tried to cross the road.

Leona Kewin Scott was knocked down and killed at the busy Gulf City traffic lights on the South Trunk Road, La Romaine, around 7.45 pm on Monday.

The mother of four, from Petit Café, Indian Walk Road, Princes Town, died in her daughter’s arms at the San Fernando General Hospital.

Speaking to Newsday yesterday, a grieving Shenice St Clair, 23, said her mother was “almost to the other side” when she was fatally struck by a vehicle. However, it remains unclear who may have caused her death, as none of the drivers of the three vehicles which ended up in a collision seconds after the fatal accident accepted responsibility, Newsday was told. Investigators are relying on surveillance cameras installed in the area to determine whether she was the victim of a “hit and run,” as they believe.

At the time, Scott and her friends were returning from a beach excursion at Clifton Hill, Point Fortin. St Clair told Newsday that on reaching Gulf City, passengers asked for a stop to buy food at the KFC outlet on the opposite side of the road, but her mother had other reasons for getting off the bus.

“The last thing Mummy tell me is that she going to pee,” said a traumatised St Clair. “She was almost on the next side when a car pick her up and pitch her in the air. She landed on the ground. I ran out the bus screaming.”

With help from a nurse who had stopped to assist, St Clair said a car took her mother to the SFGH where she later died.

Earlier, St Clair said, her mother enjoyed herself with relatives and friends. She said their small community had been plunged into mourning, as everyone loved Scott.

“She was a fun-loving person who loved all her children,” she told Newsday.

A post mortem is expected to be done today at the SFGH.

Relatives said police told them they would need a “couple of days” to watch the video footage to determine who was responsible. San Fernando police are investigating.

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