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[UPDATED] 2 die in road accidents

Capildeo “Chisel” Mohan -
Capildeo “Chisel” Mohan -

A family on their way home lost its patriarch in a hit-and-run accident at Barrackpore on Friday.

Capildeo "Chisel" Mohan, 57, died on the scene at Rochard Douglas Road at about 9 pm. His common-law wife Carla Rampersad, 51, and her daughters Candice Rampersad, 20, and Keeleeshay Rampersad, 16, received injuries and were taken to San Fernando General Hospital.

Another of the Rampersad siblings, Mark, also received injuries but was recuperating yesterday at the family’s home at Cumuto South Trace in Barrackpore.

Mohan, a heavy machinery operator, was one of two people who died in road accidents overnight on Friday.

The stepfather of four had moments earlier picked up Candice from a supermarket where she is employed in Moruga. The family was returning home in his Nissan Navara when the accident occurred.

Mark told Sunday Newsday that a white car was heading in the opposite direction and into their path. Mohan swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but the car touched the back of the van causing it to spin. It flipped several times before it came to a halt. The driver of the car never stopped.

Relatives prepare for the wake of Capildeo “Chisel” Mohan at Cumuto South Trace, Barrackpore on Saturday. Mohan died in a hit-and-run accident on Friday night. - CHEQUANA WHEELER

"Chisel was a very good man to everybody. He mind us from small. He was our stepfather but also our father and mentor. Keeleeshay was in the front seat and we were in the back. The driver should give himself up. It is unfair," Mark said.

Keeleeshay, a student of Barrackpore East Secondary School, suffered a broken hip and broken thumb. His mother received injuries to her chest and other areas. Candice received minor injuries, he said.

Passers-by gathered at the scene and very few helped the family, he said.

"About 100 people gathered and only about five helped us. An off-duty paramedic was on her way home and stopped to help. Even the police seemed more concerned about who was drinking what. They weren’t concerned about the car that caused this," Mark said.

Barrackpore police were searching for the driver up to yesterday.

In an unrelated accident, at about 9.15 pm on Friday, 18-year-old Daniel Charles was knocked down on the Beetham Highway and died at hospital.

Charles was crossing the eastbound lanes of the highway, near the Vehicle Management Co of TT (VMCOTT), where a car hit him. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), Mt Hope where he died while being treated. The driver is assisting police with their investigation.

In an unrelated accident, a 13-year-old Sea Lots boy is warded at EWMSC in critical condition after he was knocked down as he crossed the Beetham Highway with his mother, on Saturday morning.

Police said around 6.50 am, Colin Peters, of Production Avenue, Sea Lots and his mother were attempting to cross the six-lane highway near the walkover when the boy was struck by a car. The driver never stopped.

The form two student at Tranquillity Government Secondary School was taken to hospital by a passerby.

A report that a woman had died in an accident in east Trinidad could not be confirmed.

The story has been updated with additional details. It was originally published under the headline 3 killed in 3 car crashes.

Two men and a woman all died in three road accidents overnight on Friday.

Chisel Mohan died in a crash at Rochard Douglas Road in Barrackpore, at about 9 pm. Two people received injuries and were taken to San Fernando General Hospital. The survivors, whose names the police have not released, remain in a stable condition. Police said Mohan lived at Cumuto South.

Also, 18-year-old Daniel Charles died at hospital after he was knocked down on the Beetham Highway, at about 9.15 pm. Charles was crossing the east bound lanes of the highway, near the Vehicle Management Co of TT (VMCOTT), when a car hit him. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), Mt Hope where he died while being treated. The driver is assisting police with their investigation.

There are also reports that a woman was killed in an accident in east Trinidad, but details are not yet available.

In an unrelated accident, a 13-year-old Sea Lots boy is warded at EWMSC in critical condition after he was knocked down as he crossed the Beetham Highway with his mother, on Saturday morning.

Police said around 6.50 am, Colin Peters, of Production Avenue, Sea Lots and his mother were attempting to cross the six lane highway near the walkover when the boy was struck by a car. The driver never stopped.

The form two student at Tranquillity Government Primary School was taken to hospital by a passerby.

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