The road fatality figure in Tobago has jumped to seven for 2013, with the death of 58-year-old Victor Baptiste of Cocowatty Trace Mason Hall on Saturday midday.
When Tobago News visited the dead man's home, only his daughter Tianna Baptiste, a sixth form pupil at the Signal Hill Secondary was at home. She was at home when she heard the shocking news.
"He was always there for me; teaching me how to dance, to carry myself and stuff like that; that is what I will miss about him the most," the daughter of the deceased man told Tobago News.
She is saddened by the fact that her father would be missing her graduation, marriage and everything else.
Her dream is to become a lawyer and wants to continue pursuing that path in honour of her father. According to police officials, Baptiste was the front seat passenger of a green B14 motorcar of which his brother, Fire Officer Errol Baptiste was the driver.
The vehicle was proceeding west along the Windward Road, Hope and attempted to turn north unto Belmont Road, when a pink Bluebird driven by Olson Wright of Windward Road Mt. St. George collided with the B14 motorcar. Wright, who was proceeding east at an accelerated pace according to traffic officers, overtook a number of vehicles, spun out of control and collided with the green B14 motorcar causing the accident.
All occupants were taken to the Scarborough General Hospital, where Victor Baptiste subsequently died while undergoing emergency surgery.
The other occupants remain warded at the Scarborough Hospital in stable condition. Inspector Stevenson Mark, Acting Sergeant Toppin, Acting Corporal Andre Sebro, and Officer Stephen Jerome visited the scene. Sebro is spearheading investigations into the incident.
On Carnival Sunday, five people lost their lives in a two-vehicle smash-up on the Claude Noel Highway. A few days later, another life was lost in an accident in Moriah.