Driver knocks down woman, 78
- places her in rocking chair with broken foot
By Latoya Giles
Relatives of 78-year-old Eileen August are appealing to the police to track down a callous driver who failed to take her to hospital after knocking her down.
Mrs. August, of 704 West Ruimveldt, sustained a broke femur, a broken leg and abrasions after being struck down on July 27, in the vicinity of Norton Street and Cemetery Road.
She has been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital High Depende
Mrs. August told Kaieteur News that she was walking towards Bourda Market.
She said that she was near Norton Street when the driver struck her from behind. The woman said that after being struck down the driver whom she described as “tall and dark skinned” placed her in the vehicle.
Mrs. August said that the young man began asking her questions about where she was heading before the accident occurred.
“I tell he that I was going to Bourda Market to buy meh li’l greens and he seh that he gon buy it.”
She said that the young man took her to the market and bought the items that she requested but, the elderly woman still requested to be taken to the hospital.
However, against her will, the driver who had his “own mother” in the vehicle said that he needed to go his grandmother’s funeral instead.
“De li’l boy and he mother were in the vehicle and they carry me by Sandy’s Funeral Home and tell me stay in de car like if I could have gone somewhere,” the elderly woman explained.
She said that after the funeral ended the driver continued to question her about her family.
“I tell de li’l boy that I got me only son living in Canada and he ask me for the number to call meh son”.
The woman said that the driver of the vehicle took her to the internet café and made a call to her son informing him about the accident.
“I hear he calling somebody but I really don’t know if he called my son,” August said.
She said that after the driver allegedly made the call to her son he then took her home and placed her into her “rocking chair” and left her there.
The woman remained there until late Thursday night when relatives went looking for her.
A relative who was at the hospital told this newspaper that August’s son kept calling and after he got no response, the young man then called relatives and asked them to check on the woman’s condition after fearing something was amiss.
Relatives got the shock of their lives when they found August lying on the ground.
The relatives further told this newspaper that even though the woman lives with a niece it didn’t make a difference because the niece is “mentally retarded”.
The niece cannot talk, but she did hint to them that she brought August some water when she requested it. The same niece also brought the woman’s kerosene stove to the rocking chair and they cooked a meal which lasted for a few days.
However, although sustaining a broken femur bone and left leg among other injuries, the woman was still in high spirits.
August said, “I just looking at this accident as a vacation because I does work real hard.”
She said that the doctors and nurses are giving her the best care, and she wouldn’t have preferred to have gone elsewhere.
The woman said that she can identify the driver once she sees him. “I just want him to come in let the law take it’s course.
Relatives however are worried that the hospital does not have a bone specialist at this time.
The bone specialist is expected to return within another three weeks, and August’s relatives are of the option that the woman could lose her leg.