Twenty-six-year-old Nkosi Kerr is the latest person to die in a road accident in Tobago.
Kerr, the father of a four-year-old girl, of Back Street, Mt St George, was killed 29 minutes after the curfew began on Sunday evening.
Police told Newsday Kerr died while riding his motorcycle at Buccoo Road, Carnbee at 9.29 pm. He was turning onto Auchenskeoch Road, Carnbee when he collided with a white Isuzu van driven by a 42-year-old Port Authority estate constable.
DMO Dr Fedelis Okali went to the scene and ordered the body taken to the Scarborough General Hospital mortuary for an autopsy.
When Newsday visited Kerr’s home, the atmosphere was sombre. His mother Charlene Jack sat in a daze, surrounded by family members.
She said it just wasn’t the news she expected when she returned home on Sunday evening, having spent the weekend in Trinidad.
“Is my brother called me and tell me, and I called his (Kerr's) phone, but I didn’t get any answer. So I called his girlfriend and asked if he had come home as yet, but she said no.”
Jack said she told the girlfriend the news she had heard and asked her to try reaching Kerr on his cellphone.
“She got no answer as well and she came to my house and we both went to the scene. I start to bawl.”
She said she spoke with her son last Friday before her trip to Trinidad.
“I went to Trinidad last Friday, came back last night, then I saw him on the ground down there. We spoke on Friday, but I didn’t get to see him, I talked to him on the phone.”
She described her son as: “Real nice – Nkosi was really nice.”
Jack said she has not been feeling well since the incident.
“Last night when I checked my (blood) pressure, it was real high. They (family members) wanted to carry me in the hospital, but I said no.”
Acting Sgt Yorke of the Shirvan Road Police Station is investigating.
This story was originally published with the title "Tobago motorcyclist dies in curfew crash" and has been adjusted to include additional details. See original post below.
A 26-year-old man was killed in a road traffic accident 29 minutes after the curfew began on Sunday evening.
Police told Newsday, Nkosi Kerr of Back Street, Mt St George was killed while riding his motorcycle at 9.29 pm. He was at Buccoo Road, Carnbee and was turning onto Auchenskeoch Road, Carnbee when he collided with a white Isuzu van driven by a 42-year-old Port Authority estate constable.
Kerr suffered multiple injuries and died on impact. Dr Okali went to the scene and ordered that the body be taken to the Scarborough General Hospital mortuary for an autopsy.
Acting Sgt Yorke of the Shirvan Road Police Station is continuing investigations.
At a police press briefing just about a month ago, Commissioner Gary Griffith noted an upward trend in drivers speeding an hour or two before the start of the curfew. He promised greater police action to deal with this form of lawlessness.
Police road safety co-ordinator Sgt Brent Batson is urging drivers to be careful and continue to observe traffic laws even as they try to get home before the curfew.