Coverden bus crash accused on DUI charge
The minibus driver whose vehicle allegedly crashed into another vehicle at Coverden, East Bank Demerara, last Monday, has been slapped with a drunk driving charge.
Inshan Williams, of Lot 41 Public Road, Coverden, East Bank Demerara, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), when he appeared before Magistrate Leslie Sobers yesterday at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.
However, because of a mix-up with the case dockets, Williams was released on self-bail. He is to return to court today.
Police have indicated that the accused will face further charges, since some of the crash victims are still hospitalised.
Police had said that a breathalyzer test on Williams revealed that his blood alcohol level was above the prescribed limit when he slammed into the back of another bus, which was transporting passengers.
According to reports, the accused was driving a minibus on Monday, last, when he slammed into the back of a Kuru-Kuru bound minibus, which he was attempting to overtake near Coverden. Both buses ended up in a trench.
The other driver, 35-year-old Ryan Rampaul of Kuru Kuru, Soesdyke/Linden, Rampaul’s conductor and 12 passengers were injured.
Among the passengers were Vijay Persaud, 25, of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara; Manfred Parks, 77; Suelan Daniels, 16; Crystel Samaroo, 21 and Cecline Mentis.
Parks, who sustained a broken right arm, was treated at the Diamond Regional Hospital before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. Kaieteur News understands that Parks and a female from Kuru Kuru are still hospitalised.
Suelan Daniels, a 16-year-old St. Joseph High student, said that she was sitting behind the conductor when another bus slammed into the back of the vehicle she was in. She said that she “pitched out of a window” before the vehicle ended up in the trench.
Vijay Persaud also alleged that another bus had ‘braced’ the Kuru-Kuru-bound bus off the road.