Taxi driver killed in smash up with truck
A taxi driver was killed on the spot shortly after 23:00 hrs last night after the driver of an out of control truck smashed headlong into his vehicle on Mandela Avenue.
The victim, employed by Oasis Taxi Service, was identified as Quincy Kellman of Belfield, East Coast Demerara.
According to reports, Kellman, said to be in his thirties, was heading west along Mandela Avenue, in the vicinity of B K International, when the driver of the truck, who was heading in the opposite direction, veered into his path.
There are reports that the driver lost control of his vehicle after overtaking a van and smashed into Kellman’s taxi.
The impact was so loud that one resident said that she thought that gunmen were on the attack in the area.
The entre front of Kellman’s vehicle, HB 3983, was crumpled like a tin can. He was killed instantly.
His body remained trapped in the wreck for several minutes until ranks from the Guyana Fire Service arrived on the scene and cut through the twisted metal.
Kellman is survived by an eight-year-old daughter.
The news spread quickly and the owner of the taxi service, and several of the dead man’s colleagues, converged on the area.
The manager told Kaieteur News that Kellman was off-duty at the time. He described his employee and a very cautious driver.
By press time today, police had detained the truck driver, whose vehicle sustained minimal damage.
More details in tomorrow’s issue.