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Friends die instantly in car crash

Monday, July 23, 2018
Tragedy after partying:
Shaquille Patrick’s  mother Rosey, second from right, is consoled by relatives while nieces of Rommel Goodridge embrace each other at the accident scene along the Valencia Stretch yesterday. Photo by:RALPH BANWARIE

Two best friends died on the spot when the car they were travelling in collided head-on with a another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction along the Valencia Stretch early yesterday.

Dead are Shaquelle Patrick 23, and Romell Goodridge,24, both of Robinson Lane, Damarie Hill, Guaico, Sangre Grande. They were returning home after attending a party in Arima.

They suffered broken limps and neck and punctured lungs and other internal injuries.

Their deaths, along with the hit-and-run of Javed Hassanali, took the road death figure to 48.

Police reported at around 6. 45 am the Almera, driven by Goodridge was heading East when it collided with a Ford Ranger driven by Israel Khan of Cemetery Street, Princess Town.

Khan was heading in the opposite direction. Patrick was in the front passenger seat of the Nissan Almera.

Patrick and Goodridge died instantly on impact while Khan sustained chest and leg injuries.

Khan was taken by an EHS ambulance to the Sangre Grande Hospital where he was treated and kept for observation.

Both Patrick and Goodridge were thrown out of their vehicle as it spun around on impact. Their bodies were found a short distance apart.

Khan told police he saw the Almera swerving, coming towards his vehicle. He said the vehicle came suddenly onto his pick up although he tried to avoid the accident.

Khan told police he could not have done any thing as the accident happened in a wink of an eye.

As news spread families and friends of Patrick and Goodridge arrived at the scene of the crash and wept as they looked at the bodies covered on the shoulder of the Valencia Stretch.

Patrick’s mother, Rosey could not believe that it was her son lying dead on the side of the road.

She screamed: “Son! Son! only yesterday we spoke about celebrating your father’s 53rd birthday on Sunday and instead of birthday we now have to prepare for your funeral.”

Shaquelle’s father Regan Patrick, who is soon to celebrate his birthday, said before the accident his son called him saying he was on his way with Goodridge to celebrate his birthday and that they were going to have a good time.

Regan said these were his son’s last words to him.

The distraught father added: “What I am going to celebrate now—my son’s death, all preparation had gone in vain, we will be preparing for wake and funeral. This is not a good 53rd birthday son.

Police believe both Goodridge and Patrick fell asleep. There were no brakes impression on the road, police investigators said.

Investigators were also unable to find the Goodridge’s driving permit and the car’s insurance certificate.

The deaths of the two youngsters threw the entire Robinson Lane into mourning. Tents were being sent up to prepare a wake for the duo who lived not to far from each other.

The bodies were viewed by District Medical Officer Dr Cordice who ordered their removal to mortuary of in Sangre Grande .

Visiting the scene were Insp Mitual Juri, Cpl Sheldon Kassiram, Constable Harish Ramjug, Monseque, Navarro , Alexander and WPC James.

Cpl Kassiram of Valencia Police Post is continuing investigation.

Fire officer George and others from the Estern Division also responded to the accident.

The deaths of Patrick and Greenridge has pushed the number of people killed in road accident to 48 for the year.


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