Lowlands businessman dies in car crash

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Police and fire officers at the scene of a fatal accident which claimed the life of Denbert Alfred along the Claude Noel Highway, Lowlands on Tuesday. – Photo by David Reid

LOWLANDS businessman Denbert Alfred died on Tuesday in an accident along the Claude Noel Highway, Lowlands.

Police are calling on eyewitnesses to come forward as they investigate the cause of the crash. A car believed to have also been involved was parked near Alfred’s wrecked pick-up truck, but was empty. The car had a scratch near the front right fender. Police later towed the vehicle away as evidence.

Alfred is Tobago’s fourth road fatality victim for 2023.

According to police, the father of two and proprietor of FrontView Bar and Grill was driving his blue Ford Ranger near the Lowlands junction when he lost control of it and slammed into a tree. He was carrying a front-seat passenger, who was taken to hospital with injuries.

Scores of onlookers and family members gathered near Alfred’s pick-up truck, whose front was  crumpled.

A police officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Shirvan Road Police Station received a call about the accident around 2pm. He said while there were no CCTV cameras in the area, they are hoping to find and interview the driver of the car as well as the passenger from Alfred’s vehicle.

Eka Douglas Alfred, centre, widow of Denbert Alfred, is consoled by friends and family after her husband died in a car accident on Tuesday in Lowlands. – Photo by David Reid

The latest fatality follows the March 12 accident which claimed the life of Aaron Hills of Rockley Vale, Scarborough. Police reported that Hills, a former student of Bishop’s High School and an employee at Cost Cutters Supermarket, was driving along Wilson Road in Scarborough around 2am when, near the Bliss Restaurant and Lounge, he crashed into a parked white panel truck.

On March 11, biker Stefano Dash was killed in an accident near Studley Park. According to reports, the Glen Road resident was riding his Yamaha R1 motorbike when two sheep darted across the road. Dash was unable to avoid colliding with them and went airborne as he struck a sheep. He hit a utility pole and was severely injured. He was taken to the Scarborough General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

On February 20, Carnival Monday, Dwayne Winchester, 33, of Carnbee crashed his Nissan Almera into a tree in Lambeau and died.