Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Driver to be questioned following fatal accident

Part of the wreckage in a fatal road traffic accident on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.

Part of the wreckage in a fatal road traffic accident on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.

The woman killed yesterday morning during a road traffic accident in Champ Fleurs has been identified as 52-year-old Nicole Figuera of Court Drive, Champ Fleurs. 

Her husband, Christopher Figuera, 56, is warded in a serious condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, along with three other people; a 22-year-old man, as well as an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old. 

Before going in for emergency surgery, the 22-year-old, who is from Perkins Street, Arouca, told police that he was driving his car, a gold Nissan Primera, in an easterly direction along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, when at 7.25 am on Sunday, while in the centre lane of the highway in the vicinity of Holiday Inn he got a "bad drive" from another car. 

He said he applied brakes and pulled to the left, but he claimed his brakes did not work. 
His next memory was of glass breaking, and hitting his head on the windscreen as he quickly went unconscious. He awoke sometime after with persons gathered around him and realized he had been involved in an accident. 

He had hit a grey Nissan Serena driven by Christopher Figuera. The two cars careened off to the side of the roadway.  

Nicole Figuera suffered extensive injuries to her abdomen and legs. She was rushed to the Arima Hospital; however, she was pronounced dead at 8.15 am. 

A team of officers from the Arouca police station, the Northern Division Task Force, the Emergency Response Patrol Unit, and the Highway Patrol, including PC Persad, PC Modeste, PC Sutherland, PC Martin, and others, responded to the scene. 

FSO McDavid lead a team of fire officers from the Tunapuna fire station, who also responded and provided assistance. 

Police believe that the young men were coming from a lime as it was the driver's birthday. 

Investigators are hopeful to further question all three today, as an autopsy is expected to take place on Figuera's body. 

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