New details surface in Ruby Accident
Approximately one month after the tragic accident in Ruby, East Bank Essequibo, which claimed the life of 26-year-old Ramesh Sookdeo, known as Jerry, Kaieteur News has been reliably informed that Jerry was never the driver of one of the cars that was involved in the accident, as was previously reported.
It was stated that Jerry was the driver of the silver-coloured Lancer, PKK 1134, and he was drag racing with another car, PLL 5706, and slammed into the fence of a house in Ruby.
However, this publication was informed that Jerry was merely the passenger in the car, while his cousin, 27-year-old Richard Whyte was actually the driver.
It was noted that the person who pulled Jerry out of the badly wrecked car, reported that he was pinned in the passenger seat of the car.
This was not the story that was reported to family members of the now dead man, the police, or to the media.
This piece of information has since been relayed to the police, but thus far, it is not clear if any action has been taken.
Reports stated that Sookdeo, a popular West Demerara minibus conductor, was drinking with six other friends at a night spot on May 2, 2009.
The group left the nightspot around midnight in two cars, when they decided to drag race on the road, since it was early in the morning and traffic was light.
As they approached a hump on the Ruby Bridge, both drivers lost control and veered off the roadway.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Sookdeo was in, toppled several times, and eventually landed on a nearby fence.
The other car slammed into a house, knocking out four posts, and damaging the steps.
But a safety air bag saved the driver, Romeo Randolph, from serious injury. The other occupants also escaped with minor lacerations.