Maintenance assistant loses life to falling glass
PORT OF SPAIN –– A 31-year-old maintenance assistant was crushed to death under the weight of 4,000 pounds (two tonnes) of glass when he bravely tried to prevent the huge stack from falling off the vehicle while making a delivery in Couva on Wednesday evening.
Mark Neptune Richards of Bon Aventure Road, Gasparillo, never stood a chance during the freak accident, police said.
Relatives, including his mother Bevie Neptune, 65, received the tragic news while in the Gasparillo Public Cemetery where, like the rest of the small Gasparillo community, they had gone to bid farewell to ten-month-old Matai Phillip, who had also died under tragic circumstances one week ago.
According to a police report, at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Neptune who is employed with a glass company in California, Couva, was assisting with the offloading of glass at Balisier Street, Couva, when tragedy struck.
Police stated that Neptune observed glass falling and tried to hold back the stack which instead came crashing down on him. He died on the spot, police said.
Officers of the Couva Police Station visited the scene. The body was viewed by the District Medical Officer and removed to the Forensic Science Centre where an autopsy was expected to be performed yesterday.
At the family’s Gasparillo home, his mother struggled to come to terms with the death of one of her two children.
Trying to hold back her tears yesterday, a grieving Bevie told Newsday: “We were in the graveyard when we got the news — at first no one wanted to tell me that he had died, but eventually they had to.”
She said when her son left home on Wednesday morning for work, he was his usual self and she never expected that it would have been the last time she would have seen him. Bevie however told Newsday she was uncomfortable all day, but couldn’t find the reason for her discomfort until the bad news reached her.
“He was such a nice child,” she cried, “always willing to help somebody. He loved to dress, always neat and an ambitious young man. We will miss him tremendously.”
Sergeant Mohammed of the Couva Police Station is continuing investigations.