Monday, October 13 2014
TWO young children are now orphans after their parents died in an early morning accident on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in the vicinity of Maloney.
Dead are Keema Walker, 32, and his girlfriend Tinelle David, also 32, of Tumpuna Road, Arima.
Warded in hospital are Walker’s daughter eight-year-old Tynique Cardinez and the couple’s two-year-old child Kalani Walker.
Tynique is in critical condition as she is said to have suffered head injuries. The children’s grandmother Patrice Cardinez, 62, is also warded at hospital with injuries to her head.
David’s siblings, Laticha and her twin brother Marcus, were treated and discharged.They were among seven other passengers in a silver Nissan Serena driven by 25-year-old Kess Alexander of Toucan Avenue, Tumpuna Road, Arima.
According to the police report on the incident, Alexander was driving his vehicle south along the Maloney Boulevard before turning left onto the eastbound lane of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.
He proceeded to merge into the right lane of the highway. At the same time the 22-year-old driver of a Nissan Caravan and his passenger 19-year-old Keshaun Patrovanie, both of Santa Cruz, were proceeding east along the highway at the same time when the driver collided with Alexander’s vehicle, which flipped and ended up in a ditch on the northern side of the highway. Patrovanie suffered a fracture to his lower left leg.
Patrovanie and the 22-year-old driver had attended a wake in their village and were on their way to pick up someone when the accident occurred.
Marcus David said his twin reached for his hand as their vehicle began to flip. He said he saw his two-year old nephew flying through the windscreen before he himself flew through the windscreen.
David said he kept asking for his sister and was told that she was okay. It was only late in the afternoon he was informed of her death and that of his brother-in-law. He said it was only on Saturday that they celebrated their mother’s 60th birthday and he and his sister got in a disagreement so they were not speaking to each other.
“I am grieved at the passing of my sister and know that she died without both of us ending our quarrel” he bemoaned. Police said the driver of the Nissan Caravan is expected to appear in court today charged with driving under the influence.
PC Bissoon of Maloney police Station is continuing enquiries.