The family of a 78 year old man is today mourning his death after he escaped a burning building only to be knocked down by a car whose driver was reversing from the burning compound to avoid the flames.
Reports indicate that Horsely Antoine was at his wooden home on Duke Street Port of Spain in company with Radica Alexander, 68, when they both observed smoke and fire coming from the house at approximately 8.45 pm.
Alexander and Antoine managed to escape the burning house.
Antoine who reportedly suffered burns to his hands sat at the back of a Nissan B12 car which was parked near the burning building, trying to catch his breath.
Owner of the vehicle Anthony Williams, 57, noticed flames from the burning house very close to the front of his car, got into the vehicle and reversed, unknowingly driving over Antoine.
On exiting the vehicle Williams noticed Antoine unconscious on the floor.
He was rushed to Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Fire officers from the Wrightson Road Fire Department who responded to the blaze were able to control the fire from spreading to other homes in the area.
An autopsy will be done today on Antoine to ascertain cause of death. Police sources said that no foul play is suspected in what was a tragic freak accident,
Investigations are continuing…