Khotai and his wife Rathee console each other outside the
San Fernando General Hospital yesterday. Photo: Tony Howell
A happy day at the beach ended tragically for a Moruga couple
on Easter Monday when their van ran off the road, killing
their three-year-old son who had been sitting in the front
seat with his mother.
Police said toddler Suresh Khotai Jr died from massive head
injuries after he flew out of the van and landed on the ground
about 50 feet away.
The incident occurred at around 6.30 pm, while the family
was returning from a beach lime at Moruga.
In an interview yesterday, the babys father Suresh Khotai
said they had been proceeding north along the Moruga Main
Road when upon reaching Bois Bourg, he got a bad drive from
an oncoming motorist. His front tyre blew, causing the van
to careen to its side.
was not driving hard...We were all happy because we had a
good day at the beach, he recalled.
He said upon reaching a landslip, he slowed down.
car was heading in the opposite direction but the driver swerved
on my side of the road, Khotai said.
pulled to the other side but my tyre blew out and my van tipped
over and fell to its side.
His wife Rathee broke down in tears as he spoke.
told my husband that the baby fly out. We crawled out of the
van and when I got to him he was bleeding from his nose and
ears, Rathee wept.
She said the baby had been groaning in pain but did not respond
as she begged him to open his eyes.
The child was taken by ambulance to the San Fernando General
Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Both Khotai and his wife were kept at hospital under observation,
but were discharged yesterday.
Rathee said she did not know how to cope with her sons
demise. She said she had waited for 13 years to get pregnant.
I had my precious baby boy, God took him away from me,
She said just moments before the crash, the toddler had been
asking for a bottle.
was about to tell my husband to pull over so that I could
mix him a bottle when the car came in our way, Rathee
She added that she had already enrolled him for school in
was looking forward to going to school, she said.
An autopsy was expected to be done on the babys body
PC Bruce of the Moruga Police Station is investigating.