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Machel technician dies in crash

January 13, 2009
Soca star Machel Montano, right, and his dancers excite the crowd at Island People's all-inclusive fete Amnesia on Sunday at Pier I, Chaguaramas

on stage: Soca star Machel Montano, right, and his dancers excite the crowd at Island People's all-inclusive fete Amnesia on Sunday at Pier I, Chaguaramas

THE MACHEL MONTANO HD camp was plunged into mourning immediately after ending its performance at Island People’s Amnesia fete at Pier 1, Chaguaramas, on Sunday night, when it was learnt one of its sound technicians, Ephraim Douglas, was killed in an accident hours earlier.

Douglas, 39, had left the band’s camp earlier to pick up some items at his Railway Avenue, Pointe-a-Pierre, home via a Port of Spain to San Fernando taxi.

He died on the spot when the car, driven by Adrian Hamilton, collided head-on with a pillar at the El Socorro walkway after attempting to avoid another vehicle at around 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Douglas was expected to rejoin the band at Pier 1 for 7 p.m.

Hamilton and another passenger, Brent Berkley, remained hospital

ised yesterday.

Relatives of Douglas yesterday called for drivers to practise safer methods while using the nation’s roads and were also critical of the high speeds drivers plying the Port of Spain to San Fernando route employ.

Elizabeth Montano, manager of the soca band, stated that the band noticed Douglas had not arrived at Pier 1 for the event when stage preparation for the performance, usually done by

Douglas, had not started.

She said she kept back the news of the passing from the band prior to its performance, which included the front line of Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy and Zan. The majority of the band members only learnt of Douglas’s death after they closed their set at the show at around 10 p.m.

Montano stated the band was devastated by the news, particularly Kernal Roberts, who convinced Douglas to join the band four years ago.

“He was always a sweet guy. We would always ask him to go with the driver but he would always travel,” said Montano (E).

The band was expected to head down to the family’s Pointe-a-Pierre home yesterday for Douglas’s wake.

The band’s next performance is scheduled for Friday in Tobago.

Source: trinidadexpress

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