Soldier arrested for fatal hit-and-run

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 06:00

Po­lice have de­tained a mem­ber of the T&T De­fence Force (TTDF) in con­nec­tion with last Sat­ur­day’s hit-and-run ac­ci­dent which claimed the life of cy­clist Aaron Thomas in Cu­mu­to.

Thomas, of Vic­to­ry Heights, Ari­ma, died af­ter be­ing struck while rid­ing ahead of his Madon­na Wheel­ers team­mates west along the Churchill Roo­sevelt High­way near the Cu­mu­to in­ter­sec­tion.

Po­lice re­ports state that around 8 am the dri­ver of a Nis­san Navara broke the traf­fic lights at top speed and hit Thomas, who was thrown more than 100 feet away from where he was. Thomas died on the scene.

How­ev­er, the dri­ver of the ve­hi­cle sub­se­quent­ly aban­doned it and fled the scene.

Po­lice said the sol­dier re­port­ed that his white Nis­san Navara was stolen. How­ev­er, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers even­tu­al­ly re­alised that the sol­dier was, in fact, the per­son who fled the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

Thomas was the eighth cy­clist to be killed this year while rid­ing along the na­tion's high­ways.

More on this sto­ry as in­for­ma­tion comes to hand.