Soca Artiste Kerwin Du Bois’ stuntman was killed in a Road Traffic Accident after his motorcycle collided with an oncoming car in Chase Village on Sunday.

The accident happened at around 8:30pm when 32 year old Clarence Smythe collided with a Nissan Almera motorcar along the Old Southern Main Road in Chase Village, in the vicinity of the Food Production County Caroni office.

Eyewitnesses said the driver of the Almera motorcar turned into the path of Mr. Smythe.

Smythe, of Chrissie Terrace in Lendore Village, Enterprise, was flung from his motorcycle and landed on the roadway.

His motorcycle ended up in the path of an oncoming pickup.

The driver left the scene of the accident but later surrendered to Chaguanas police.

Eyewitnesses also said two men attempted to steal the motorcycle but an alarm was raised and they fled empty-handed.

Since Smythe’s death there has been a renewed call for motorcyclists to take greater caution on the road.

Superintendent Bert Raphael, who is the uncle of the deceased, appealed to motorists and motorcyclists to be more cautious when driving, especially at night.

He said Smythe was unmarried and had been riding for quite some time.

“He was a real nice fella. He left by Angel’s Bar and was proceeding North. All we hear is that he was involved in an accident. When I came here, the body was on the road. Most of the time, sometimes when someone dies, it’s not the person, it’s somebody else who might have contributed to the accident and not the person who died.”

Soca Artiste Kerwin Du Bois, shaken by the news, paid tribute to Smythe who performed at last year’s Groovy Soca Monarch competition with him.

He wrote on his Facebook page: “On Soca Monarch night when the song began and my two lead dancers were carried on stage on motorbikes the crowd began chanting. Those bikers added an element to my presentation that I needed. Today I have to say RIP to one after hearing that he lost his life riding that same bike that he loved. RIP Clarence Smythe. Condolences to his family, friends and loved ones from my team and I.”

Police said the driver of the Almera could be charged with driving under the influence and several other offences including failing to render aid.
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