Sunday 18 August, 2019

Hit and run accident takes life of another cyclist

Another cyclist has been knocked down and killed.

The cyclist, identified as Aaron Thomas from the Madonna Wheelers club in Arima, was killed in a hit and run accident. 

The accident took place in Wallerfield. 

In a video posted to Facebook, a fellow rider said the driver swerved off the road, knocked down Thomas and drove off. 

This latest incident comes over a month after two cyclists from the Slipstream Cycling Club were killed when a car ploughed into them while cycling on the CRH in the vicinity of the Beetham.

In a Facebook post, Arrive Alive denounced this latest accident.

"Our sincere condolences to the family of Aaron Thomas! Another cyclist killed by a “hit & run” reckless driver! We want swift justice for all the families who still wait for the criminal charges to be brought against these types of drivers, who display no respect for life! Who continue to make the choice to drive recklessly on our nation’s roads! Our condolences to the cycling fraternity," the organisation said. 

In a statement, Roxanne Ramnath, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation said motorists are no longer respectful of cyclists. 

"I am deeply saddened this morning to share another passing of a cyclist who was killed around 7.15 this morning in Wallerfield. Aaron Thomas, 40 years, of Victory Heights, Arima has become another victim of a road fatality. Just a month ago we lost Joanna Banks and Joe Brown of Subway Slip Stream cycle club in a similar circumstance as they were on a Saturday morning training ride. Now the Madonna Wheelers Cycle Club has lost a member. The fraternity has not yet gotten over the last incident. Our cyclists are really enduring a lot of pain and hurt because the roads are necessary for their training and advancement in the sport, and for some, it is also used for fitness as a way of health and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Motorists are no longer respectful of other road users. I have heard within the last couple weeks how many incidents of not only cyclists, as pedestrians have also fallen victims to irresponsible motorists on our nation's road. How many more must die under these circumstances," she said. 

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