Aspiring surgeon, 17, killed by runaway car / Sev­en­teen-year-old Shaqua­na Hills had dreams of be­com­ing a sur­geon. But her life was cut short on Mon­day af­ter­noon when she was knocked down and killed by a car while walk­ing along a pave­ment not too far from her Fyz­abad home.

Shaqua­na had just left a phar­ma­cy when she was struck from be­hind and thrown a re­port­ed 50 feet in­to the bush­es along the main road in Pep­per Vil­lage on Mon­day.

Her rel­a­tives rushed her to the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal but the Form Five stu­dent of Siparia East Sec­ondary suc­cumbed to her in­juries.

The trag­ic death of the teen comes days af­ter a four-year-old boy was killed in a hor­rif­ic dog at­tack in Tacarigua.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port around 5.30 pm, a 22-year-old man of Fyz­abad, dri­ving a Nis­san Syl­phy re­port­ed­ly lost con­trol on an in­cline along the main road near Ma­haraj Trace. The car swerved off the main road and slammed in­to Shaqua­na who was walk­ing along the pave­ment in the same di­rec­tion. An eye­wit­ness said Shaqua­na’s body was thrown about 50 feet in­to the bush­es on the side of the pave­ment.

The dri­ver stopped a short dis­tance away.

Speak­ing at their Richard­son Trace, Pep­per Vil­lage, home yes­ter­day, Shaqua­na’s moth­er Adaf­fi Hills said her daugh­ter left home on Mon­day to go by a friend liv­ing a few streets away. She then went to a phar­ma­cy on the main road near Ma­haraj Trace to pur­chase some di­a­betes test­ing strips for her friend and a nasal spray for her­self (Shaqua­na).

“In com­ing back tragedy hit,” she said, adding, “He knock the child right off the pave­ment. When I reach on the scene I saw my child full in blood. The side of her head was slit. She was un­con­scious.”

Com­plain­ing that the am­bu­lance took a while to re­spond, Hills said af­ter wait­ing about 15 min­utes they put her daugh­ter in a tray of a res­i­dent’s van and pro­ceed­ed to the hos­pi­tal with po­lice es­cort. “When we reach Ra­matal­ly Park the am­bu­lance was now com­ing down. I mean come on this was a life and death sit­u­a­tion so we con­tin­ue to pur­sue un­til we reach the hos­pi­tal.”

While the doc­tors and nurs­es tried their best to save her daugh­ter’s life, Hills said her daugh­ter’s in­juries were too se­vere.

While the dri­ver was tak­en in­to cus­tody, the griev­ing moth­er said she was stunned to learn that he was re­leased.

“I did not feel please about that be­cause at the end of the day when you go for a li­cense and you do your li­cense you ought to know that it have pedes­tri­ans on the road and if you are a dri­ver you ought to look out for pedes­tri­ans. My child was killed on the pave­ment. She was not in the road, she was in the pave­ment walk­ing on her way home. I lost a beau­ti­ful child.”

The moth­er said she was told by res­i­dents that the dri­ver, who al­so lives in the com­mu­ni­ty, was speed­ing when he struck Shaqua­na. She al­so said two nights ago the man’s car re­port­ed­ly stalled by a church near their home and had to be wrecked.

“If al­lyuh know al­lyuh ve­hi­cle not good why dri­ve it on the road for life to loss? My in­no­cent child dead and gone,” she cried.

Wip­ing away tears, Hills lament­ed, “I am a moth­er, no one know my pain. All I am say­ing is I hope I get jus­tice. Why I say I hope I get jus­tice be­cause it could have been any­body child that was walk­ing on that pave­ment and get bounced down.”

Hills de­scribed her daugh­ter Shaqua­na as a re­spectable and lov­ing per­son.

She said the teen was as­pir­ing to be­come a sur­geon and was do­ing well in her on­line class­es.

“Ever since I know my child from pri­ma­ry school to sec­ondary school she al­ways will­ing. She al­ways put her best foot for­ward,” Hills lament­ed. Say­ing that she would nev­er re­cov­er from this pain of los­ing her child, she re­called her last words to her daugh­ter, “I said, ‘ba­by be safe and come back.’”

Shaqua­na’s grand­moth­er Er­i­ca Hills re­called that (Shaqua­na) combed her hair and told her she was go­ing by her friend on Mon­day.

“She was strong, she was jol­ly. We laugh a lot whole day and at the end of the evening we heard the car knock her down,” the grand­moth­er lament­ed. She said Shaqua­na will be sad­ly missed by her four-year-old broth­er, eight-year-old sis­ter, oth­er rel­a­tives and friends.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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