Trinidad: Driver survives crash, then killed in hit-and-run

LOST CONTROL OF VEHICLE: Accident victim Javed Hassanali of La Romaine.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – A businessman was killed in a hit- and- run accident in San Fernando early yesterday morning.

Javed Hassanali, 37, was returning home after visiting a friend when the accident occurred. According to a police report, at around 3.55 am, Hassanali was heading south along the San Fernando Bypass when he apparently fell asleep and his black Hilux mounted the median near the Pleasantville traffic lights.

His 36-year-old girlfriend was also in the van. Police said he came out of the van, stepped onto the northern lane and was struck by a white wagon.

The driver did not stop. Hassanali died at the scene. Hassanali’s uncle Imtiaz Edoo said he was hearing different versions of how his nephew died. He said his nephew was a likeable person. He had no children and was the son of Imtiaz and Zorida Hassanali.

His funeral service was held under Muslim rights at his Allaha Street, La Romaine home. Up to late yesterday police were still trying to ascertain the driver’s identity.

Investigations are continuing.