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Trinidad Express / HOURS and miles apart, friends and co-workers Noel Jack and Nicholas Sooknanan were killed in almost exact circumstances on Tuesday.

Jack, 34, crashed into the prayer room outside a house in Couva early on Tuesday and died at hospital.

Sooknanan was on his way to Jack’s wake on Tuesday night when he crashed into a house in Moruga and died.

Both were employed in Point Lisas.

Both died of blunt-force trauma inflicted sustained in the crash, autopsies found.

The similarities in the deaths have left the families of both men confused and shocked, unable to make sense of the unusual way in which both men lost their lives.

“This is something unnatural. I don’t know what to think or say,” said Jack’s brother, Akeil Jack.

“I guess they had to go together,” was how Sooknanan’s sister, Yogita Sooknanan, described her feelings over both deaths. “They worked together, they were close friends.”

Jack was driving a Nissan Sylphy headed to his home in McBean, Couva, when he crashed into a prayer room built outside a house owned by the Lutchmans.

Jack was trapped in the wreckage, and was extricated by fire officers. He was taken to hospital where he died while receiving treatment.

Jack, who was not married, was the father of one.

Wanted to take time off for friend’s death

Jack’s brother said he was told that co-workers came to the family and extended condolences.

Among them was Sooknanan.

Yogita Sooknanan said her brother went to the crash site on hearing the news.

And he even said he was taking time off from work for his co-worker’s death.

“My brother went earlier in the day and came home around three or four o’clock. He said he was taking time off to go to the wake. They were close friends I heard,” she said.

The sister said she did not see Sooknanan before he left for the wake but she knew he was headed there when he left their home at Teelucksingh Trace, Barrackpore on Tuesday night.

At around 7.30 p.m. Sooknanan was driving a Honda Civic north along St Mary’s Main Road when upon reaching the vicinity of Douglas Trace he skidded off the road and crashed into a house.

The house was vacant as resident Roger Dyer, was away on a camping trip, his sister Mary Dyer said.

Mary Dyer said that Sooknanan’s vehicle smashed into the neighbour’s property before it became entangled in her family’s house.

He died within minutes.

HOURS and miles apart, friends and co-workers Noel Jack and Nicholas Sooknanan were killed in almost exact circumstances on Tuesday.

Jack, 34, crashed into the prayer room outside a house in Couva early on Tuesday and died at hospital.

Sooknanan was on his way to Jack’s wake on Tuesday night when he crashed into a house in Moruga and died.

Both were employed in Point Lisas.

Both died of blunt-force trauma inflicted sustained in the crash, autopsies found.

The similarities in the deaths have left the families of both men confused and shocked, unable to make sense of the unusual way in which both men lost their lives.

“This is something unnatural. I don’t know what to think or say,” said Jack’s brother, Akeil Jack.

“I guess they had to go together,” was how Sooknanan’s sister, Yogita Sooknanan, described her feelings over both deaths. “They worked together, they were close friends.”

Jack was driving a Nissan Sylphy headed to his home in McBean, Couva, when he crashed into a prayer room built outside a house owned by the Lutchmans.

Jack was trapped in the wreckage, and was extricated by fire officers. He was taken to hospital where he died while receiving treatment.

Jack, who was not married, was the father of one.

Wanted to take time off for friend’s death

Jack’s brother said he was told that co-workers came to the family and extended condolences.

Among them was Sooknanan.

Yogita Sooknanan said her brother went to the crash site on hearing the news.

And he even said he was taking time off from work for his co-worker’s death.

“My brother went earlier in the day and came home around three or four o’clock. He said he was taking time off to go to the wake. They were close friends I heard,” she said.

The sister said she did not see Sooknanan before he left for the wake but she knew he was headed there when he left their home at Teelucksingh Trace, Barrackpore on Tuesday night.

At around 7.30 p.m. Sooknanan was driving a Honda Civic north along St Mary’s Main Road when upon reaching the vicinity of Douglas Trace he skidded off the road and crashed into a house.

The house was vacant as resident Roger Dyer, was away on a camping trip, his sister Mary Dyer said.

Mary Dyer said that Sooknanan’s vehicle smashed into the neighbour’s property before it became entangled in her family’s house.

He died within minutes.

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