TRINIDAD: Woman killed after visiting husband in hospital

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A woman, who went missing after visiting her ailing husband at hospital, has been identified as the “Jane Doe” killed crossing the highway in Barataria early Wednesday.

The body of Joyce Riley, 76, was identified by her nephew David Roberts.

Around 1.20 a.m. on Wednesday WPC Navarro and PC Morris of Emergency Response Patrol responded to a report of a collision along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.

On arrival they met a St Augustine man, the driver of a Toyota Axio, who said he was headed east along the highway when a woman ran across the road and into the path of his vehicle.

The driver told police that she hit the windscreen, and fell onto the road unconscious.

Emergency Health Services paramedics took the victim to hospital where she died due to her injuries hours later.

Roberts told the Express yesterday that Riley had shown signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

He said that Riley’s husband, Darel Riley, had suffered a stroke and was warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

On Tuesday she was taken by a relative to the hospital to visit her husband.

“At some point she wandered away. We mounted search for her on the compound of the hospital, and then we began looking everywhere for her. We did flyers and were combing areas in El Socorro and Port of Spain. I got a call from someone at the Port of Spain General Hospital to come in to view a body. I identified her by the clothes she was wearing and her jewelry,” said Roberts.

The nephew said that Riley and her husband, a Jamaican national, had lived in the United Kingdom for many years, then they retired to Trinidad at least 15 years ago.

They lived at Balmoral Park in Chaguanas. Roberts said that Riley’s three children and grandchildren live in the UK.

Two of her children were expected to come to Trinidad yesterday. Roberts said his ailing uncle was not yet informed of his wife’s passing.

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