Police track down Hope hit-and-run car
After days of painstaking investigations traffic ranks on the East Coast of Demerara have finally managed to locate a Toyota AT 212 motor car that they strongly suspect was involved in the hit-and-run accident that left 67-year old pensioner Harrichan Baliram dead.
Baliram, of Foulis, East Coast Demerara, was killed on the spot last Monday morning on the Hope Public Road, while he was cycling to work.
According to eyewitnesses, he was struck from behind by a silver grey Toyota which sped away.
Although the eyewitnesses were unable to identify the licence number of the vehicle, they provided some information to the police, who managed to piece it together with a broken rear view mirror to trace the car.
A source at the Traffic Department of the Cove and John Police Station, told this newspaper that investigators were able to locate the car and its owner, a few days after the accident.
However the owner has denied that he was driving the car at the time of the accident and according to the source, he is assist the police to locate the alleged driver.
The car has since been impounded.
“Although we did not get a positive ID on the mirror, people see things and talk,” said a police source, when asked how they managed to locate the car.
It was the second time in a week that the police on the East Coast of Demerara were able to track down vehicles that were involved in fatal hit-and-run accidents.
On Sunday last they tracked down a truck which was involved in an accident on the Mahaicony Public Road the previous night, in which Mahaica market vendor, Benjamin was killed.
On that occasion, the driver of the truck drove to De Hoop, Mahaica, several miles away, and parked it in the owner’s yard before disappearing.
He did not cater for the police retrieving a piece of broken glass from the accident scene and matching it perfectly with the turning indicator on the truck.
The driver subsequently turned himself in after he learnt that the owner of the truck was in custody and had provided police with information on his whereabouts. He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to render assistance and failing to stop after an accident and was granted bail in the sum of $1.6M, despite the objections of Police Prosecutor, Corporal Cheryl Graham.