Trinidad: Friends die instantly in car crash

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – Two best friends died on the spot when the car they were travelling in collided head-on with another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction along the Valencia Stretch early yesterday.

Dead are Shaquille Patrick 23, and Romell Goodridge, 24, both of Robinson Lane, Damarie Hill, Guaico, Sangre Grande. They were returning home after attending a party in Arima.

They suffered broken limps and neck as well as punctured lungs and other internal injuries.

Their deaths, along with the hit-and-run of Javed Hassanali, took the road death figure to 48.

Police reported at around 6.45 am, a Nissan Almera, driven by Goodridge, was heading East when it collided with a Ford Ranger driven by Israel Khan of Cemetery Street, Princess Town.

Khan was heading in the opposite direction. Patrick was in the front passenger seat of the Nissan Almera.

Patrick and Goodridge died instantly on impact while Khan sustained chest and leg injuries.

Khan was taken by an EHS ambulance to the Sangre Grande Hospital where he was treated and kept for observation.

Both Patrick and Goodridge were thrown out of their vehicle as it spun around on impact.

Their bodies were found a short distance apart.