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Pt Lisas accident victim to be buried today
James Williams, 26, of Moruga who died in a horrific car accident on Wednesday in Point Lisas, was looking forward to marrying Dianne Mahabir and starting a new life with her. His friend and colleague, 23-year-old Miles Blaire Best, of Point Fortin, who also died in the accident, was hoping to see his four-year-old son grow up.
The two men were described as family-oriented, ambitious and well loved. But instead of family enjoying their presence, the families had to attend their autopsies at the Forensic Science Centre in St James on Tuesday. Williams and Best, along with their co-worker Ryan Mohammed, of Claxton Bay, who were all employed with Scaffolding Manufacturers Trinidad Ltd, left their job site at Trinidad Methanex Company in search of lunch at a nearby Chinese restaurant.
However disaster struck when their car collided head-on with a truck driven by Kevin Buntin, along Pacific Avenue. Police said Mohammed, who was driving, tried to overtake another car but hit the truck, which rolled over their car. Mohammed suffered serious injuries and is warded at the San Fernando General Hospital.
Autopsies on the bodies by pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov revealed that they died of blunt-force trauma and organ failure. In an interview on Tuesday, Maggie Hosein, sister of Williams, said her brother got engaged to his common-law wife of five years on Valentine’s Day. She said they planned to marry when he had finished building his house. Hosein said he had also planned to get baptised at the Baptist Ambassador for Christ Church in Princes Town.
She described her brother as jovial, hardworking and respectful to all. Williams’ funeral is scheduled for today at Belgrove’s Funeral Home, Coffee Street, San Fernando. Funeral arrangements for Best are still being finalised. Marc Samuel, his brother, said the family was still trying to come to terms with his death. “For a young man as himself, as vibrant as he is, we are not taking it well. It is a great shock to us but God is in control,” he said.
Best was the fifth of nine children and was described as a loving and peaceful person. Samuel said his brother had accomplished a lot in his short life and was hoping to strengthen his family ties.
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