Members of the TT Cycling Federation, the Route 2 Maxi Taxi Association and the TT Tourist Transport Service Association joined friends and family of 40-year-old maxi driver and cyclist Aaron Andrew Thomas at his funeral.
Thomas was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway last Sunday.
During the service, Devlin Roberts, representing the Cycling Federation and his own club, PSL Cycling Club, pleaded with road users to be aware while using the road, and to remember that drivers are not the only people who have rights.
“I want to appeal to the drivers in TT: the road also belongs to cyclists,” Roberts said. “I know the government is doing its part and the police are doing theirs, but the police cannot be everywhere. People have to be courteous and they have to respect other citizens and they have to drive on the road with due care.”
Roberts also told the congregation that days after Thomas’s death, he had to speak to a taxi driver who was driving on the shoulder, and remind him that one of his own had been killed because of the same reckless behaviour.