Final farewell for doctor killed in crash

In a pri­vate cer­e­mo­ny held at the Lega­cy in Ch­agua­nas, rel­a­tives, friends, and neigh­bours of Dr Ra­jeev Ba­hall bade him a fi­nal farewell to­day.

Se­cu­ri­ty at the Lega­cy said the fam­i­ly did not want any me­dia at the fu­ner­al which start­ed at 9:30 am. Fol­low­ing the fu­ner­al ser­vice, Dr Ba­hall was cre­mat­ed near the Tem­ple in the Sea at Wa­ter­loo.

Ba­hall, 27, of Lange Park, Ch­agua­nas, died af­ter his sil­ver BMW crashed in­to some con­crete bar­ri­ers along the Uri­ah But­ler High­way near the Fac­to­ry Road, Ch­agua­nas, around 1.14 am on Fri­day.

It is be­lieved he was not wear­ing his seat­belt as he was thrown out of the ve­hi­cle. Fol­low­ing his death, rel­a­tives called on the Gov­ern­ment to set up prop­er signs and in­di­ca­tors near the con­crete bar­ri­ers.

An­dell Mikail, who at­tend­ed Ba­hall's fu­ner­al, paint­ed the bar­ri­ers af­ter Ba­hall's demise.

On a Face­book post, Mikail wrote, "The lo­ca­tion of the ac­ci­dent is poor­ly lit, de­void of re­flec­tors, sig­nage on the road and re­flec­tive paint on the con­crete bar­ri­ers. It is a ma­jor safe­ty haz­ard. To­day, there is still so much de­bris at the site and the au­thor­i­ties of the Min­istry of Works and Trans­port have not ad­dressed the sit­u­a­tion to as­sist oth­er un­sus­pect­ing road users at that turnoff."

Ba­hall's un­cle, Spe­cial­ist Med­ical Of­fi­cer and Con­sul­tant Physi­cian Dr Man­drek­er Ba­hall al­so com­plained about the im­prop­er sig­nage. He said his nephew on­ly re­cent­ly got a per­ma­nent job at the pae­di­atrics ward of the San Fer­nan­do Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, a week be­fore his death.

Sev­er­al of his col­leagues ex­pressed sad­ness at his death yes­ter­day, say­ing he was al­ways pas­sion­ate about his pro­fes­sion and he loved chil­dren.

- by Radhica De Silva

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