Disaster

Heart attack, not crash, killed driver

Dex­ter Pol­lard, the 50-year-old school teacher who was found dead last Fri­day morn­ing af­ter his car crashed in­to a bill­board, died from a heart at­tack.

An au­top­sy con­duct­ed yes­ter­day found that Pol­lard suf­fered the heart at­tack be­fore his car crashed in­to an ad­ver­tis­ing bill­board along the Uri­ah But­ler High­way near the Ca­roni over­pass on Thurs­day night.

Pol­lard, was pulled from the ve­hi­cle on Fri­day morn­ing. He had been dead for hours when fire of­fi­cers fi­nal­ly were able to re­move him from the wrecked car.

Two-year-old girl knocked down; now declared brain dead

A two-year-old girl has been deemed brain dead and is now surviving only on machines, after being hit by a pick-up truck in Arima.

The child is now in a critical condition with a collapsed lung at the Mt Hope hospital.

The accident occurred along La Retreat Road, Arima.

Reports indicate that a 29-year-old man was driving his Nissan Frontier when he observed some pedestrians standing on the pavement.

He told police that the child suddenly stepped into the roadway and he was unable to avoid hitting her.

Tearful send-off for Baby Terracina

Two-year-old Terracina Ariel Meina Moonilal has been laid to rest at the D'abadie Public Cemetary on Monday following a funeral service at her Wallerfield home.

Her grief-stricken parents, Corine Charles and Terrance Moonilal, had no words but only tears to shed for their first born as the ceremony started. 

They stood for several minutes inconsolable at the side of the tiny white coffin that was adorned with blue and white ribbons.

Little Terracina was crushed by the wheel of a truck outside her home in Wallerfield last Wednesday morning.

Baby in critical condition after fall

A ten-month-old ba­by boy is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal af­ter he fell from the 2nd-floor bal­cony of his Princes Town home.

Po­lice say Javier Castil­lo was play­ing with his five-year-old broth­er on the 2nd-floor gallery of their home when Castil­lo's par­ents heard the child fall and his screams.

The par­ents rushed the child to the hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cers say Javier's par­ents are Venezue­lan na­tion­als re­sid­ing in this coun­ty.

Autopsy: Child died of hyperthermia caused by extreme heat

Three-year-old Isaiah Hazel died of hyperthermia caused by extreme heat and dehydration.

This was revealed in an autopsy that was conducted on the boy’s tiny body on Friday at the Forensic Sciences Centre in St James.

Hazel’s parents declined to comment.

“I don’t know what to say…I have nothing to say…whatever is to be said is up to the parents…I don’t even want to know what the autopsy said because I didn’t ask,” his grandmother June Vincent said. 

Three-year-old child discovered dead in van

The body of three-year-old Isaiah Hazel of McBean Village, Couva was discovered in the back of a van in which he was traveling from school on Thursday.

The discovery was made by a group of school children as they made their way into the van.

Details remain unclear at this time. However, we are told the child may have fallen asleep while being transported to his pre-school, in California.

Isaiah is believed to have suffocated.

The body was taken to the Couva District Health Facilities where the child was pronounced dead. 

Autopsy: Toddler suffered multiple blunt force trauma

In tears, as she walked out of the Forensic Sciences Centre on Thursday after receiving the autopsy report of two-year-old Terracina Ariel Meena Moonilal, the toddler's aunt Tracy Trotman said she needs to have a conversation with the truck driver.

She said it was for the purpose of getting closure and disclosed that the autopsy revealed that she died from multiple blunt force trauma.

Little Terracina was crushed by the wheel of a truck outside her home in Wallerfield on Wednesday morning.

Toddler crushed to death by truck

In what can only be described as a freak accident two-year-old Terracina Ariel Meena Moonilal was crushed to death by the wheel of a truck in front of her humble home in Wallerfield on Wednesday morning.

Unknowingly to the truck driver, he drove off but was stopped a short distance away by screaming villagers and children and told of the tragedy that struck.

The incident occurred shortly before 8 am.

Three perish in early morning fire

Rajkumar Singh, 70, his wife Leela Singh, 68 and their son Shiva Singh, 35, were found on the upper storey of their Samaroo Street house by fire officers this morning after they had quelled the flames.

Neighbours were alerted to the situation shortly before 3am, when Rajkumar Singh was seen calling out for help from the front room of the upper storey.

Neighbours and fire officers attempted to come to the family's rescue with a ladder, but we're unsuccessful in their attempts to breach the fire in time.

Mother of 8 wants help to rebuild home after arson attack

Four months af­ter a preg­nant moth­er and her eight chil­dren nar­row­ly es­caped when their home was rid­dled with bul­lets and set on fire, she is beg­ging for help to re­build their home.

Un­em­ployed and liv­ing un­der volatile con­di­tions at a house in Gran Cou­va, In­de­ria Gar­cia, 35, who is due to give birth to her ninth child next month said all their be­long­ings were lost in the fire.

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