Contractor killed in Carifesta Avenue smash-up
- relatives lament theft of jewellery
A horrific smash-up involving a Toyota Allion and a Canter Truck on Carifesta Avenue Saturday night claimed the life of a 45-year-old contractor.
Mohamed Zaheed Ibrahim, called ‘Z-Man’ of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Hospital just before midnight.
Ibrahim, the lone passenger of the car, which was driven by a member of a prominent East Coast Demerara business family, suffered the brunt of the impact and remained trapped in the mangled Toyota for more than 45 minutes.
It took ranks from the Guyana Fire Service, who were summoned to the scene, almost 30 minutes to pull Ibrahim from the twisted wreck.
Such was the state of the vehicle that the firefighters were forced to cut open the top to get to Ibrahim.
By the time they pulled him out, he appeared dead already.
He was nevertheless rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the GPHC but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The driver of the car disappeared immediately after the accident and has not been heard from since.
According to eyewitnesses, the canter truck had emerged from the entrance to one of the grounds on Carifesta Avenue into the path of the car which was proceeding in an easterly direction at a very fast rate.
One eyewitness said that the driver of the car upon seeing the truck in front of him, tried to overtake but decided against it because of an oncoming car.
He then tried to undertake the truck but could not properly navigate his way.
Such was the impact of the collision that the canter truck was sent careening into a nearby trench.
From all indications, Ibrahim and the driver were returning to their respective East Coast Demerara homes when the accident took place.
Relatives of the dead man were only aware of his death when they turned up at the Georgetown Hospital on a hunch when he did not come home when he should have.
His wife Netoo Singh told this newspaper that she last saw her husband early Saturday morning.
Ibrahim’s sister Fazeela explained that late Saturday night a strange car pulled up in front of their Better Hope home and one of the occupants asked for the contractor by his call name.
“She (wife) tell he yes and she ask he wha happen and he say nothing nah happen, he just want know if ah hey he live and go
away,” Fazeela said, adding that the incident aroused some suspicion among family members.
This led them to begin contacting police stations on the East Coast of Demerara to ascertain if Ibrahim was in some sort of trouble.
According to Fazeela, they first contacted the Sparendaam Police Station but they got no positive word on Ibrahim’s whereabouts.
Then they tried to contact the family of the driver of the car since they had received word that Ibrahim might be with him but this too proved futile.
“All of a sudden, de wife say she get a feeling dat something happen to z-man and she want we go at de station. Me tell she leh we call dem fuss,” Fazeela said.
When they contacted the Beterverwagting Police Station they were informed that there was an accident at LBI and they should check it out.
It was after 01:00 hour that the contractor’s relatives eventually decided to go to the Georgetown Hospital to check for him.
When they got there they enquired from the staff in the triage area of the A&E Unit about the Contractor by his call name.
Of course they did not get a positive response.
It was not until they spoke to the doctor that they were finally able to confirm their worst fears.
“She (doctor) put we fuh sit down and den she tell dem fuh open he face because like dem bin done wrap he up…when dem tekk off de thing from he face, we see is z-man,” Fazeela stated.
The relatives are very upset at the fact that the driver of the car disappeared without even telling them what happened.
“Dey say he gone in de bush. Soon as he crash de car so, he get away, he nah wait back fuh anything,” the dead man’s wife told this newspaper.
Even more upsetting was the theft of the dead man’s $400,000 gold chain that he was wearing at the time of the accident.
Onlookers at the scene of the smash-up, including a reporter from this newspaper, had observed the jewellery and had urged one of the dead man’s friends to accompany his body in the fire tender which took it to the hospital.
The friend said that Ibrahim did arrive at the hospital with the chain around his neck.
He said that he pleaded with the hospital staff to hand over the item along with a wrist watch but this was not done.
Family members said that they were only given the dead man’s watch and his shoes.
They also indicated that the dead man had a large amount of money in his pants pocket which the hospital staff refused to allow them access to.
“Me sister feel it because she feel all he pocket and she feel de money and she tell de security and de security seh dem done wrap he up and dem can’t open he back,” the dead man’s sister told this newspaper.
They are expecting to recover the money when they turn up for the post mortem examination on his body today.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Canter Truck was placed in custody and is assisting the police with their investigations.