A wayward person who likes to “knock about”
Crane operator Nicholas “BJ Dan” Paul was killed and his teenage daughter critically injured when a car slammed into his motorcycle close to his Reform Village, Gasparillo home on Saturday.
Paul, 37, was taking his daughter Nicolette, 15, for a short ride on the Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle he purchased three weeks ago, something he was accustomed to doing, when tragedy struck.
According to a police report, a white Honda Elantra was overtaking vehicles along the Reform Bypass Road, near the Brian Lara Academy, when it came into the path of Paul’s motorcycle, which was heading in the opposite direction.
Upon impact, Paul and his daughter were thrown from the motorcycle, which broke into pieces.
Paul’s father, Deodath Paul, along with other relatives, rushed to the scene where they saw Paul’s lifeless body. His daughter was bleeding from her injuries, but she was conscious.
Nicolette, a pupil of the Gasparillo Secondary School, is warded at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital while the driver of the car is warded in a stable condition.
Wiping away his tears at his Reform Village home, Deodath Paul said Paul’s daughter asked her father to take her for a ride. “He was home and he just drive out to take his daughter for a ride by the stadium.”
When the accident happened, he said, Nicolette asked someone to call her relatives.
“I asked her ‘Darling, you have pain.’ She said yes, her belly and she hold her chest. She had a big cut on her foot and her pelvic bone was pushing out.”
Nicolette asked for her father and still does not know that he died.
Paul’s sister Roxanne Dookhantie, said the doctors performed surgery on Nicolette, but they still had to run scans and tests.
Dookhantie said her brother owned about six previous motorcycles and never had an accident.
“He was a safe driver,” his father said.
Dookhantie added that her brother had a list of goals which he completed, including building his house and doing renovations.
“Everything he planned to do he did it. The last thing he wanted, his bike,” she said.
Paul who lived close to his parents’ home was married and had another daughter, age 16.
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