Woman killed in freak accident

A fire officer removes the steel rods that flew off a three-tonne truck and pierced the windscreen of a Nissan AD Wagon, killing the driver, Jocelyn Taylor, yesterday afternoon, along Saddle Road, San Juan. Photo courtesy Trinidad Express

A woman was killed in an accident on Saddle Road in San Juan when steel rods atop a truck struck her.

According to reports Jocelyn Marquis Taylor was killed when the rods came loose from a three ton truck and pierced the front windscreen of her car as she reportedly attempted to overtake the vehicle near the corner of Laventille Road.

The steel rods pierced the car’s windscreen and tore off part of Taylor’s face.

The incident happened sometime around 2:30pm. It occurred in the vici­nity of a Ramesh & Leela express outlet.

It is not known whether the steel rods had been secured properly.

Reports state that as the car passed the small truck, some of the rods fell off and landed on the car’s bonnet, then immediately bent backward and pierced the car’s windscreen and tore off part of Taylor’s face.

She was killed instantly.

The truck driver, in the meantime, stopped.

He came out and looked at the woman’s body, according to eyewitnesses.

They said the man then bent down, held his head and even banged his head on his truck, screaming out, “I do that boy, I do that boy!”

When officers of the San Juan Police Station arrived on the scene, they detained him and, up to last night, he was being questioned about what happened.

Members of the public near the scene claimed Taylor was a secretary who worked in the Santa Cruz RC Church in La Pastora.

They also said she used her car to transport children to and from school.

As her body remained in the car, her cellular telephone kept ringing, but the police did not answer it.

“But that could be her family trying to call her,” said a woman who was standing close by. The police ignored her.

San Juan police are continuing investigations.




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