Corentyne woman critical after accident
A Corentyne woman is listed as critical after she was struck by a car yesterday morning. The female driver of the vehicle is now in custody at the Springlands Police Station.
According to police reports, just after 09:45 hours, 21-year old Rishma Devi Lakeram, of Number Seventy-two Village on the Corentyne, was strolling along the Number Seventy-one Village Public Road, heading in the direction of New Amsterdam, with her five-month-old daughter Sahima Persaud.
Khailona Chandrapaul, a 35-year-old overseas-based Guyanese, who is said to be on vacation with relatives at Number Sixty-eight Village, was reportedly driving a car – PKK 5302 – accompanied by two toddlers. She was reportedly heading in the same direction as the mother and child – north along the western side of the thoroughfare. In the back seat of her vehicle were her two-year-old daughter Alema Chandrapaul and a three-year-old relative Harvene Harpaul.
Police reports further indicated the driver alleged that she turned around to attend to one of the children for a brief moment while the vehicle was in motion and when she re-focused her attention on the roadway she came into contact with the mother and baby.
It was said that the vehicle subsequently slammed into a lorry that was parked on the same side of the roadway.
All five persons were rushed to the Skeldon Hospital. The pedestrian, her baby, and the three-year-old were later transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital .
Rishma Lakeram sustained injuries to the head, and up to press time she was still in an unconscious state. The woman also suffered broken bones and other injuries.
Police reports further indicated that the driver and her daughter were treated and sent away.