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Thursday, October 4, 2001
Trinidad's Trotman killed in car crash

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Trinidad and Tobago international Mickey Trotman was killed on Wednesday morning in a motor vehicle accident.

The 26-year-old midfielder arrived in Trinidad on Tuesday and was training with the national team ahead of Sunday's CONCACAF region World Cup qualifier against Honduras in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Trotman who was the driver of the vehicle, along with his 25-year old brother Stephan and a 21-year female companion, Tessa Moses, all died instantly when the car struck a pole after running off the road in east Trinidad.

Two other occupants, another brother Kenyan and friend Troy Fernandez, remain in serious conditions at the hospital.

'Mickey (Trotman) was a talented, honest, good and happy person,' said Trinidad's technical director Rene Simoes in a statement.

'We mourn his death together, but certain that he is now with God enjoying eternal life, and for that we are grateful.'

Simoes said that Trotman arrived in Trinidad on Tuesday afternoon and went straight to the national stadium where he trained with the squad.

Simoes added that Trotman had dinner with the squad at its training camp but left to visit his family and was due to join up with the team later that night.

Trotman, who earned 32 caps and scored nine goals for his country, made his international debut on May 6, 1999 when he came on as a substitute and scored in a 2-0 victory against South Africa in a friendly.

He made his final appearance on September 5 as a substitute in a 3-0 loss to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier.

Trinidad, now eliminated from securing a place in the World Cup finals, is currently bottom of the six-nation group at 0-1-7.

At the club level, Trotman was playing with the Rochester Rhinos in the A-League -- the U.S. second division.

He had previously played with Major League Soccer's Miami Fusion and Dallas Burn and Trinidadian club Joe Public.

Trotman is the second CONCACAF-region player to be killed in a auto accident this year following the death of Jamaica international Steve Malcolm on January 28.


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