RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

Hours after Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith warned of a crackdown on drivers speeding home to avoid breaking the curfew, a man was killed in an accident in Laventille.

Police said the accident, which occurred at 8:30 pm, involved a white Nissan B15 crashing into an abandoned building on the Eastern Main Road, Laventille, near William Street.

32-year-old Terrence Hyde was found lying in a nearby drain.

Hyde was taken to Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Investigators said a 42-year-old man who also was in the car was taken to the hospital by a passer-by before the police arrived. He is said to be warded in a serious condition.

Police believe the driver may have been speeding along the main road when the crash occurred.

At the TTPS’ police press briefing on Monday afternoon, Griffith said there were reports of drivers speeding an hour or two before the start of the curfew.

He promised greater police action in a bid to deter such dangerous driving.