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“I want to know how my daughter died” — mother says Julie Ramouter didn’t throw herself in path of vehicle

By Susan Mohammed

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Julie Ramoutar who died after she threw herself in front of a moving vehicle in Mayaro on Wednesday night.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — “I want to know how my daughter died”. This was the plea of Sandra Abiraj, the mother of Mayaro mother Julie Ramoutar who was struck and killed by a car last month.

In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Abiraj said she was not there the night her daughter died, but she is convinced that her daughter did not commit suicide by throwing herself into the path of the vehicle.

Abiraj claimed that her daughter had been abused and that she had had tried to leave a relationship.

“She did not throw herself in front of the car”, said Abiraj.

The police version of Ramoutar’s death was that she ran onto St Ann’s Road in front of a moving vehicle on the night of April 10.

A police report said Ramoutar, 27, a mother of three, including an eight month old baby, was standing near LP 34 St Ann’s Village arguing with a close male relative.

The report said that around 9.30 p.m. Ramoutar ran across the road and was struck by a Nissan Almera. Her body landed onto the bonnet of the car.

She was taken to the Mayaro District Hospital but doctors and nurses were unable to revive her.

An autopsy found that she died of blunt force trauma.

Officers of Mayaro police took statements from Ramoutar’s relatives, the driver, and other witnesses.

Police said that a male relative told police them that Ramoutar was fighting with him, and he locked himself with the eight month old baby into his car parked on the road.

Police were told that Ramoutar was outside the car screaming at the male relative demanding that he open the car, but he did not.

Moments later she ran into the road and was hit by the oncoming vehicle, the male relative told police.

Abiraj said that she is not satisfied with the police investigation into her daughter’s death.

She claimed that she was contacted by police 18 days after her daughter’s death to give a statement to them.

Abiraj said that she spoke to her daughter hours before she died.

“That evening she was calling me to come over because she was cooking goat meat and roti. She was getting over having the baby and was getting back into doing things that she enjoyed, like cooking. She was such a caring and loving person and she loved life. She was not suffering from depression. She loved her children. She was the light of my home”, said Abiraj.

“Since Julie died I am in a different world. I am trying to function but it is very hard since there are so much that we have had to deal with over the years”, she said.

The mother claimed that he daughter was involved in a male relative, who abused her physically, verbally and emotionally.

“I could write books about what happened to her. People heard all about what happened that night. It is really sad to know that my daughter is gone and there is nothing I can do. But I want to know the truth about what happened to her”, she said.

Ramoutar would have celebrated her 28th birthday on June 8.

The family held a service on Sunday marking 40 days since she died.

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