West Demerara fisherman killed in hit and run
- police recover parts of car found at scene
While hundreds of families participated in “Arrival Day” celebrations yesterday, the family of
Baldeo Mohan, of La Grange, West Bank Demerara gathered to mourn his death. Mohan was killed in a hit and run accident.
Baldeo Mohan, who resided at 33 Doctor’s Dam, La Grange, left his home yesterday at 2:30hrs riding his bicycle from their home to purchase fish from Meadow Bank.
Hardeen Mohan a.k.a “Roop”, the dead man’s brother, said that the last time he saw his 52-year-old sibling was on Sunday at a family lime.
He received a telephone call early yesterday morning from someone who notified him that Baldeo had met with an accident.
He told Kaieteur News that Baldeo would usually leave his home at that time for the past 20 years to purchase and sell fish.
It was while he was riding along the La Grange Public Road yesterday morning that a car hit his cycle from behind.
“While he was going at La Grange Public Road a car came from behind and hit his cycle. He was tossed several feet from where the accident happened and into the trench.”
According to “Roop” it was only this morning around 05:00hrs that someone noticed his brother’s body lying in the trench.
Baldeo’s bicycle had broken into two pieces from the impact and was in close proximity to the man’s body. The fish basket was found some distance away.
The news quickly spread and villagers, neighbours and relatives rushed to the accident scene.
Though there were no eye witnesses, the family members were positive that a car had hit the man, since evidence was left behind at the crime scene.
“The vehicle that hit him, a piece of the bumper break off, and that piece belong to a white vehicle. It has the registration number on it which the police are trying to work with.
“The police were there and they did some investigation and they carried that piece to the station,” said “Roop”.
This newspaper was told that Baldeo would sell fish at La Grange and at Westminster, La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. As word quickly spread, some of his customers turned up at his residence to offer condolences.
Some relatives were highly upset and terribly hurt that someone could hit someone with their vehicle and not render any assistance.
“This is something prevalent in the country, these hit and run cases, but even if they do this why couldn’t the driver stop and see if he was alive? He/ she just hit him (Baldeo) and he pitched in the trench and the driver drive off,” said one distraught female.
Another family friend stated that the streets and roadway were brightly lit and that the driver would have been able to see Baldeo on his bicycle.
“He (Baldeo) won’t ride on the road; he would be in the corner riding like always. The street lights on the road are bright especially at that hour and the car driver should have seen him. In fact, he must have.
“I don’t know if the driver was drunk or on his phone or he swerve or what but he didn’t stop,” said the young man.
Other relatives of the dead man are calling upon the police to conduct their investigations in a speedy manner and have the culprit arrested.
“You know how it is, sometimes the owner or driver could have the car in a workshop to get sprayed over, repainted, work done so people won’t know it was involved in an accident. Sometimes people know things and don’t come forward for various reasons.
“But we want the police to find the perpetrator since they have the registration information. We want justice, that is all,” said one relative.
This publication was further told that Baldeo was the main breadwinner of his home.
He is survived by his wife Nowhari Mohan a.k.a “Dolly” and their two children.