Twins Khadija and Khertima Taylor at Metro Nightlife nightclub early yesterday morning, hours before they were involved in an accident which claimed their lives. PHOTO: COURTESY (A.T) PHOTOGRAPHY
Police said the six friends had gone to Metro Nightlife nightclub at Gulf View Link Road to celebrate the birthday of their friend Nicolette Jones, of Fyzabad. Around 4 am, they left the party with Balkissoon at the wheel of a white Mazda 3. Garcia was sitting in the front passenger seat while the twins, Gill and Derek were sitting in the back seat.
Police said upon reaching the Cross Crossing Interchange, Balkissoon lost control. The car struck the edge of the pillar on the northbound carriageway and went airborne. It then hit the top of the bridge and then fell sideways between the two pillars, killing the twins on the spot. They were crushed. Witnesses called the police and a team led by acting Senior Supt Cecil Santana, Supt Huggins, ASPs Zamsheed Mohammed and Youseff Gaffar and Insp Peter De Boulay visited the scene. A hydraulic device was used to remove the car.
Police said the driver, Anthony Balkissoon, was driving his white Mazda 3 car along the San Fernando bypass road when he lost control at around 4 a.m. The car flipped several times and landed between the pillars of a concrete bridge near the Cross Crossing interchange.
The twins, of Jack Street, Marabella, died at the scene.
Kafiya Gill, 19, died at the San Fernando General Hospital. The driver, 20-year-old Balkissoon, and two others are listed in critical condition.
The Taylors were Sixth Form pupils at the St Joseph Convent, San Fernando. Gill, of Pleasantville, was University of the West Indies graduate. Relatives said she began working at the South West Regional Health Authority a month ago.
Balkissoon lives at Concord Road, located within Petrotrin’s refinery compound at Pointe-a-Pierre. Police are investigating whether speed and alcohol contributed to the crash. Both were from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.