Hit-and-run driver kills mother
- second fatality in a week in Diamond Housing Scheme
A 27-year-old waitress was killed on Good Friday night on the Diamond Housing Scheme main road after she was struck from behind by a speeding car.
Ramona Harris, of Eleventh Street, and the mother of a one-year-old daughter, was dragged for some 70 feet from the point of impact.
She sustained multiple injuries and succumbed at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre at around 23:00 hrs shortly after being taken there.
The driver of the car fled the scene and had still not been located up to late yesterday evening.
However, eyewitnesses described the car as a silver-grey vehicle, while police retrieved a shattered headlamp, with the licence number HB 6471, was found at the scene.
Tyre tracks at the scene indicate that the car swerved onto the parapet where Harris was walking.
According to reports, Harris, who worked as a waitress at the Tower Hotel, on Main Street, had just bought a meal at a Chinese restaurant and was heading home along the main road when she was hit.
A hire car driver who witnessed the accident recalled seeing the car racing past him before it struck Harris.
The driver said that the silver-grey car continued east along the main road. He told Kaieteur News that he pursued the car, but gave up the chase after the vehicle turned into Grove Housing Scheme.
Residents told Kaieteur News that they heard a loud impact at around 20:00 hrs. They said that on reaching the scene, they saw Harris lying facedown on the northern parapet.
She was unconscious and bleeding profusely from injuries to her head and legs.
One of the first persons to arrive at the scene was the injured woman’s brother.
But he did not recognise her until he attempted to remove the victim’s hair from her face so that she could breathe better.
An on-duty nurse wrapped tourniquets around the woman’s bleeding legs while efforts were made to get a vehicle to transport the unconscious woman to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.
After several minutes elapsed with no ambulance arriving, a Kaieteur News reporter who was present went to the hospital to inform the staff about the accident.
However, although there were two ambulances in the compound, a female guard informed Kaieteur News that no driver was around .The guard then checked the building and located a driver, who stated that he was only authorised to transport persons from the Diamond Hospital to Georgetown.
After some consultation, a female employee attempted to contact the Director on telephone to seek permission for the driver to go for the injured Harris.
While this was being done, a pickup arrived at the hospital with the injured woman.
Persons who had accompanied the driver had to help hoist Harris out of the vehicle, since there were no male porters on duty.
She was taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit where she succumbed some 20 minutes later.
According to a female relative, Ramona had left home shortly before 22:00 hrs on Good Friday night.
“She was putting her daughter to sleep, when, just so, she said she want food.”
Relatives were waiting for Ramona to return when her brother arrived to say that she had been involved in an accident. Ramona Harris is survived by her mother, two sisters and brother.
The accident is the second fatality to occur in a week on the main road leading into Diamond.
Two Saturdays ago, 59-year-old passenger Cheryl David, also of Diamond Housing Scheme, was killed after a car she was in slammed into a culvert.