A 49-year-old Matura man is the country’s latest road fatality victim.

He has been identified as Elvis Macarno, of Toco Main Road, Matura

Police said at about 7:15 pm on Thursday 14 January 2021, PC Ramphal and party of officers from the Sangre Grande Police Station responded to a report of an accident along the Valencia Old Road.

Upon reaching the vicinity of LP 46, they saw Marcano’s body lying in the middle of the western side of the roadway, approximately 20 feet away from a green coloured B14 vehicle, which was parked on the side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle, a 45-year-old man of Chaguanas, was interviewed.

He told police that he was proceeding west along the same roadway—which has no lighting—and saw something on the road that he assumed was garbage.  He stated that he continued driving and his vehicle ran over it.

He also told police that he was stopped by the driver of another vehicle proceeding in the opposite direction, who told him that he had just run over a person.

The driver reportedly stopped his vehicle, exited and upon checking, observed the dead man on the road.

The scene was visited by ASP Fitzworm and Inspector Callender.

The District Medical Officer Dr Belgrave arrived at the scene made a pronouncement and ordered the body’s removal to the Sangre Grande Hospital Mortuary pending a postmortem.

Ag/Cpl Pooran is investigating.