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‘Killer’ driver surrenders

Trinidad Express / The man driving the car that struck and killed a Penal couple in a hit-and-run witnessed by their two young sons, has surrendered to police.

The suspect walked into the Penal Police Station with his lawyer on Monday night. He is now being questioned by investigators building a case of motor manslaughter.

As part of the investigation, police officers are reviewing the security camera footage at homes and businesses near the location of the crash two Sundays ago.

Police also want to corroborate information that the suspect was seen earlier in the day with a woman drinking at a bar in the village.

The owner of the car is a primary school teacher who told police she loaned the Nissan Tiida to her “boyfriend” that day.

At around 10p.m. Khemchan Roopnarine and Patricia Harripersad were walking roadside close to their home when they were struck and died. Their sons were only metres away from them and were not hurt.

However, they witnessed the deaths of their parents.

Nine-year-old  Brandon Roopnarine, nine and brother, five year old Darrion Roopnarine are no longer living together.

Brandon has moved in with his biological mother who lives in Penal.

And Khemchan Roopnarine’s family is caring for Darrion.

The boys do not live far apart and see one another at school each day, a relative said.

The family is hoping this arrangement can become permanent.

Sergeant Ramsaran is investigating the case.

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