Sad story in Sealots - mother and two daughters mowed down

dedetriniking

Registered User
Extremely sad story!

HIGHWAY TRAGEDY
Mom, two daughters killed in accident by off-duty police officer Acting CoP:There will be no cover-up

By Gyasi Gonzales gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Feb 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM ECT
Story Updated: Feb 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM ECT
SEA LOTS residents exploded in sporadic fits of rage yesterday and some even cried as they expressed their emotions after a car driven by an off-duty police officer ploughed into six residents on the pavement just after 9 a.m., killing a mother and her two daughters on the spot.
The emotions, anger and violence erupted when residents claimed police removed a half-empty bottle of whisky from the officer's vehicle, a claim police on the scene immediately denied.
Police had to use tear gas and rubber bullets to restore order, as residents blocked the Beetham Highway, throwing pieces of concrete and other debris on the roadway shortly after the incident, and again around 3 p.m.
The highway was closed off to traffic for most of yesterday, and motorists were advised by police to use alternative routes to head into Port of Spain.
In response to fears by residents that the police were protecting one of their own, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams told TV6 yesterday, "I want to assure you that there will be due care involved in this investigation and everything will be done in a timely and proper manner, and even if it also means that the police officer will be given a breath test. There is no intention by the Police Service to cover up any incident involving police officers."
According to police, the off-duty officer, who is assigned to the Transport and Telecom Branch, was heading west in his metallic beige-coloured Toyota Corolla, when his car swerved to the left just after the traffic lights after the Central Market, mounted the sidewalk and ploughed into the six people standing there.
Among those killed were Hady Paul, 28, and her daughters, Akasha Paul, eight, and Shakira Paul, seven. They were returning to their home at Production Drive, Sea Lots, from the market.
Akasha attended the Nelson Street Girls' Government Primary School, while Shakira was enrolled at the Eastern Girls' Government Primary School.
Residents also pleaded for a walk-over to be built to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
Among the injured are Amanda Lalla, alias "Roti-woman"; Abbigail Assing; and a man identified only as Ryan, alias "Dhal", who remained in critical condition at the Port of Spain General Hospital last night.
Assing's brother, Omri Assing, said his sister needs three to six pints of blood, and is pleading with anyone to donate.
The father of the two girls, Angelo St Bernard, who arrived on the scene, cried as looked at the bodies of his wife and two daughters.
"This eh sweeping beneath no rug at all. Ah telling yuh. I hear about this in town when I was buying meat and I'm hearing people talking about six people get hit, and the first thing that run across my mind was that I hope is not my children and them who get bounce on the highway.
"But by the time I reach up the road, I get a call that my two children get bounce on the highway. I tell them that if all yuh know is so-and-so joke all yuh making, doh make them kinda joke. Then ah come down and see meh children and they mother on the ground.
"Oh God, that real unfair. Right now I want the name of the policeman that bounce my child, breds. I not into no violence, you know. But that real unfair," he said.
Resident Elijah Mitchell told the Express, "When officers first arrived on the scene, they extracted their bredrin (colleague) out of the mash-up car."
The officer was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital, where he was being treated up to last night.
"When they gone with he now, it still had two people beating up on the ground and shaking, and people start to stand up around them to give them shade but the officers and them, nobody deal with them."
Mitchell continued, "When the fire officers and them come. Well I thinking that the fire officers and them will go with the (injured) people, but a fire officer told me that they not going with anybody, they have to wait for the ambulance. The ambulance station is right behind the market right dey, less than two minutes' drive, and emergency services come from all over and the ambulance took half an hour to reach here and the ambulance services right there."
He added, "It was market morning so everyone saw what happened, and when we heard 'budups', everybody done know that they (the six) was on the side of the pavement. Nobody in the accident was in the middle of the road, so you cannot really blame the people and them and say they was crossing the road bad or whatever, 'cause the people and them was on the pavement."
 

dedetriniking

Registered User
The two kids breds...the two kids. really tragic and understandable why the people would get upset especially if the authorities were more focus on getting medical care for the cops and not the injured.

Is sealots people...so-called ghetto people....people that doh have much clout so they always get the shXtty end of the stick. Sad and outrageous
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dollbabi

Earth Angel
So very sad, absolutely heartbreaking. The people have every right to be outraged. Also, thank you for a creating a separate thread on the matter.
 

agroDOLCE

SweetfuhDayz
i read about this briefly last night. dang yo...what is really going on??? that's very, very sad. prayers go out to the loved ones of those killed. who ever wakes up and thinks, "me and my children are going to get hit by a drunk driver and die today." life is so short and you really just never know. heartbreaking for real.

random aside: i like how they quote the ppl talkin bout "all yuh...eh..get bounce..."
 

dedetriniking

Registered User
have a feeling that after a few days...when the story is no longer fresh. Do these neighborhoods have legitimate activists that can keep the pressure on so that the driver, if he was really drunk, can eventually be punished?
 

Hello BKLYN

Searching For Answers
have a feeling that after a few days...when the story is no longer fresh. Do these neighborhoods have legitimate activists that can keep the pressure on so that the driver, if he was really drunk, can eventually be punished?
was pressure put on the authorities to test blood alcohol level instead of just random acts of rioting
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
was pressure put on the authorities to test blood alcohol level instead of just random acts of rioting
If anyone rioted it was the police, you can't look at this news video and conclude otherwise.

Car accident at Sea Lots
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The residents understandably protested when they spotted police officers trying to remove a bottle of alcohol from their colleague’s crashed vehicle.

Police then resorted to using teargas and rubber bullets on some of the protesting residents who were understandably upset by what they saw.
 

Mrs. Campbell

Girl Crush
Can someone explain to me why the police officer used tear gas at the :54 sec mark when the people were just standing around. I saw no shouting and or advancing toward the police.

I don't know where the 'ef TnT police officers get their mickey mouse training from but it's ridics. Another point in the video, there is a crowd of ppl around what appears to be at least one officer. Why oh why in the name of all that makes sense why would you allow a crowd to gather around and or get that close to you.

Am I a cop?...No. But live in a city where protests are common place, and I've seen enough to know..cops in riot gear are suppose to control the crowd from jump. That means keeping them at a safe distance (in this case the crime scene)



The level of poor training is laughable.
 

ladyrastafari

Notchilous
you know that ermergency services being late scene is head.. i know for a fact one time in Trinidad.. a fire break out ... and the thing was raging.. the fire services was right down the road..r esidents literally came out of their house and watch (i am quite sure anybody going in there would have perished plus the residents of the house were outside)... and that was around 1-2 am.. eh heh.. the fire services reach at 6 am.. i was like? whaz de point now..
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
Listen to what the MP for Port-of-Spain South said about the police overreaction in the video I posted above and she is spot on.
The residents never rioted but the police did seem to do heir best to incite a riot with their haste to use teargas and rubber bullets on protesting residents.
 

dedetriniking

Registered User
Don't want to denigrate the entire police service eh especially when you consider seemingly bright individuals like the cop that was killed a few days ago........but there are a lot of individuals in the police service who are not very bright.

I for one know of one high ranking cop who would not have graduated to water boy on any other competent police force....but he is politically connected.
 

Mrs. Campbell

Girl Crush
Don't want to denigrate the entire police service eh especially when you consider seemingly bright individuals like the cop that was killed a few days ago........but there are a lot of individuals in the police service who are not very bright.

I for one know of one high ranking cop who would not have graduated to water boy on any other competent police force....but he is politically connected.
My intent is never to dismiss and or disparage all. But you have to admit the level of incompetence is too wide spread to brush off as a few bad apples.

Look the video someone posted some time ago of police standing around as a handful of ppl approach them and carry on. It ended up in a scuffle where a woman police tussling with a few of them.

Again, I talk of what I know because I've seen it too many times to count. People are allowed to yell and express themselves...but that shit is done at a distance. And the minute you approach, you are backed up IMMEDIATELY. Far less to be touching/pulling on an officer, especially one who is called out in riot gear.

The footage is out there for the entire world to see, money says not a single one of these officers in this exercise will be called by superiors to answer and or give an account as to how and why.
 

MR. MANN

Registered User
Extremely sad story!

HIGHWAY TRAGEDY
Mom, two daughters killed in accident by off-duty police officer Acting CoP:There will be no cover-up

By Gyasi Gonzales gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Feb 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM ECT
Story Updated: Feb 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM ECT
SEA LOTS residents exploded in sporadic fits of rage yesterday and some even cried as they expressed their emotions after a car driven by an off-duty police officer ploughed into six residents on the pavement just after 9 a.m., killing a mother and her two daughters on the spot.
The emotions, anger and violence erupted when residents claimed police removed a half-empty bottle of whisky from the officer's vehicle, a claim police on the scene immediately denied.
Police had to use tear gas and rubber bullets to restore order, as residents blocked the Beetham Highway, throwing pieces of concrete and other debris on the roadway shortly after the incident, and again around 3 p.m.
The highway was closed off to traffic for most of yesterday, and motorists were advised by police to use alternative routes to head into Port of Spain.
In response to fears by residents that the police were protecting one of their own, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams told TV6 yesterday, "I want to assure you that there will be due care involved in this investigation and everything will be done in a timely and proper manner, and even if it also means that the police officer will be given a breath test. There is no intention by the Police Service to cover up any incident involving police officers."
According to police, the off-duty officer, who is assigned to the Transport and Telecom Branch, was heading west in his metallic beige-coloured Toyota Corolla, when his car swerved to the left just after the traffic lights after the Central Market, mounted the sidewalk and ploughed into the six people standing there.
Among those killed were Hady Paul, 28, and her daughters, Akasha Paul, eight, and Shakira Paul, seven. They were returning to their home at Production Drive, Sea Lots, from the market.
Akasha attended the Nelson Street Girls' Government Primary School, while Shakira was enrolled at the Eastern Girls' Government Primary School.
Residents also pleaded for a walk-over to be built to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
Among the injured are Amanda Lalla, alias "Roti-woman"; Abbigail Assing; and a man identified only as Ryan, alias "Dhal", who remained in critical condition at the Port of Spain General Hospital last night.
Assing's brother, Omri Assing, said his sister needs three to six pints of blood, and is pleading with anyone to donate.
The father of the two girls, Angelo St Bernard, who arrived on the scene, cried as looked at the bodies of his wife and two daughters.
"This eh sweeping beneath no rug at all. Ah telling yuh. I hear about this in town when I was buying meat and I'm hearing people talking about six people get hit, and the first thing that run across my mind was that I hope is not my children and them who get bounce on the highway.
"But by the time I reach up the road, I get a call that my two children get bounce on the highway. I tell them that if all yuh know is so-and-so joke all yuh making, doh make them kinda joke. Then ah come down and see meh children and they mother on the ground.
"Oh God, that real unfair. Right now I want the name of the policeman that bounce my child, breds. I not into no violence, you know. But that real unfair," he said.
Resident Elijah Mitchell told the Express, "When officers first arrived on the scene, they extracted their bredrin (colleague) out of the mash-up car."
The officer was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital, where he was being treated up to last night.
"When they gone with he now, it still had two people beating up on the ground and shaking, and people start to stand up around them to give them shade but the officers and them, nobody deal with them."
Mitchell continued, "When the fire officers and them come. Well I thinking that the fire officers and them will go with the (injured) people, but a fire officer told me that they not going with anybody, they have to wait for the ambulance. The ambulance station is right behind the market right dey, less than two minutes' drive, and emergency services come from all over and the ambulance took half an hour to reach here and the ambulance services right there."
He added, "It was market morning so everyone saw what happened, and when we heard 'budups', everybody done know that they (the six) was on the side of the pavement. Nobody in the accident was in the middle of the road, so you cannot really blame the people and them and say they was crossing the road bad or whatever, 'cause the people and them was on the pavement."
This real hard dread...ah feel it for Mr. St Bernard. So early on a Sunday morning to be driving around with a half bottle of whiskey. Seems reckless and probably could have been prevented.
 

ladyrastafari

Notchilous
well dey fire Darryl ass anyways.. so he gone.

WIN Caribbean
PRESS STATEMENT
We would like to inform the national community that as promised, we met with Mr. Darryl Heeralal today, and following that meeting WIN Communications wishes to advise that Mr. Heeralal has been terminated as a freelancer, and will no longer be affiliated with WIN TV or WIN Radio in any capacity.
WIN COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT
 

Hello BKLYN

Searching For Answers
If anyone rioted it was the police, you can't look at this news video and conclude otherwise.

Car accident at Sea Lots
<iframe width="650" height="400" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/41Ad_NlJdlc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


The residents understandably protested when they spotted police officers trying to remove a bottle of alcohol from their colleague’s crashed vehicle.

Police then resorted to using teargas and rubber bullets on some of the protesting residents who were understandably upset by what they saw.
I gotta look at the video..
I just took chain up from the title of the other thread and descriptions from others who used the word root so u probably right.. I if they let that cop get away without testing BAC then that should be some kind of official misconduct on the part of the first responders to say the least
 

ladyrastafari

Notchilous
eye witness account of why the police man was removed

He was removed from the scene when it became hostile (when they found out he is a police) plus he was bleeding from his mouth when they was going to take the breathalyzer test so they took him to the hospital to and blood samples. Hope this helps, how do I know because I was there!!!!!!!
about an hour ago via mobile · Like · 5..
 

dedetriniking

Registered User
Cops came across like rell goons. I saw nothing even close to a riot from those people ....nothing close.

But is so poor black people getting treated in TnT boy.....nobody eh care about those people? And you wonder why crime so high in these places?

That was just a complete blasted shame. I saw no rioting by the residents in that tape....none!

Its one thing if the people attacked the police...but that was not what was going on here. That was not a good look for trinidad police at all at all.
 

Mrs. Campbell

Girl Crush
Cops came across like rell goons. I saw nothing even close to a riot from those people ....nothing close.

But is so poor black people getting treated in TnT boy.....nobody eh care about those people? And you wonder why crime so high in these places?

That was just a complete blasted shame. I saw no rioting by the residents in that tape....none!

Its one thing if the people attacked the police...but that was not what was going on here. That was not a good look for trinidad police at all at all.
A lot of them have jackass behavior.

Remember when I was younger, we were going in town for carnival. I can't remember what caused it, but all of a sudden the vehicle was surrounded by cops. They jumped out the jeep and big riffles drawn and flashing light in ppl face.

If you hear how they carry on. I remember my mom got out to speak with them, I was sooo scared for her. She ask them what was the problem....they cool down and left after she tell them who our next cousin was (man with rank in CID at the time).

Take the same scenario and apply it to the everyday person who knows no one and or scared shitless to ask why they being stopped.
 

Naughtyshawtie

Self Made
i know ppl does tell me i sorf or whatever but same thing i was tellin a friend yesterday, treat ppl with some dignity and respect and you might be suprised....to me in the vid it seemed all the police thinkin is "oh gosh a whole settah sea lots ppl in one place, dat cyar be good"...is not just sea lot sppl, is ppl who lost a neighbour, a sister, dey chirren best friends.....dey just hurt and fed up of being ignored....treat dem like dey matter and a whole lot ah dis mess could be avoided....i sure not one social worker, minister, senior officer etc visit de community last night i stand to be corrected)....yuh treat de ppl like dogs yesterday and den acting surprised when dey block up de road this mornig....i just find alot of things could be prevented but we wait til ppl act up to say dey ha no trainin or behaviour....maybe we should think about dey feel dey have to resort to dat kinda protest to get recognized....
 
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