Trinidad: Debe Man Crushed To Death By Truck

(TT GUARDIAN) – A 27-year-old man was crushed to death by a dump truck while attempting to cross the road in Debe yesterday.

Initial reports stated that around 2.05 pm, a 48-year-old driver was proceeding south along SS Erin Road in a 20-tonne Mack truck, when Ryan Sookoo of Cuchawan Trace, Debe, attempted to cross the road from east to west near the KFC outlet.

He reportedly walked on the left side of the truck and ended up under the left back wheel which rolled over him, crushing his head.

His mother, Betty Rooplal,  who was nearby when the incident happened, recalled, “I send him home to take a rest. I tell him I coming home just now. He doesn’t like to sit down outside too long.”

She said Sookoo was her only son, and he would have celebrated his birthday on Wednesday. Trying to hold back the tears, she said, “We done planning for his birthday. His father done gone San Fernando to buy things for him already.”

Police conducted a breathalyser test on the driver, and it recorded a zero reading. An autopsy is expected to be done at the San Fernando Mortuary.

San Fernando police are investigating.