Friendship man killed, others injured
Family outing ends in tragedy…
A 52-year-old coconut vendor was killed and at least two others injured at around 19:30 hrs yesterday after the car they were travelling in slammed into a pickup near Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara.
Rafeek Mohamed, also known as ‘Uncle Baby,’ of Friendship Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, was pronounced dead on arrival at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital. His wife and daughter-in-law were also among the injured.
Kaieteur News understands that police have detained the dead man’s son, Richard Mohamed, who was driving the car at the time of the accident.
The victims were heading home from a family outing on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway when the tragedy occurred. It is unclear whether the occupants of the pickup were injured.
According to one report, the victims were in the vicinity of Land of Canaan when Mohamed’s son swerved from another car and slammed into the pickup, which was about to turn into the Barama compound.
As fate would have it, Leonard Mohamed, another son of the deceased, was driving in the area at the time of the accident. He told Kaieteur News that he stopped after seeing a large crowd and recognizing the mangled car as one belonging to his sibling.
He said that he saw his parents lying motionless at the scene and he subsequently rushed them to the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital. Kaieteur News understands that the father was pronounced dead on arrival, while his wife was admitted.
The son said that his sister-in-law sustained injuries to her back, but two of his nephews, who were also in the vehicle, escaped unhurt.