Elderly woman killed in Montrose three vehicle smash up
A three vehicle smash up which occurred during the wee hours of yesterday morning on the Montrose, East Coast Demerara Public Road has claimed the life of a 76-year old Bath Settlement West Coast Berbice woman.
Dead is Ramdularie ‘Selis’ Singh who was returning home in a minibus with relatives from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, after seeing her daughter off to the United States.
Twelve other persons received injuries as a result of the smash up which involved a minibus, a truck and a car.
Singh’s grandson Kamal Lallchand is now a patient of the Male Surgical Ward at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
The other injured persons, Sommal Ramdyal, Bibiwattie Ramdyal, Bethlene Parsram, Nadeen Srikisson, Krishendatt Singh, Sablalla Budhoo, Narvani Lallcahand, Vindyen Lallchand, Ashmini Lallchand, Jitendra Bagwha and Ramdhani Singh were all treated and sent away.
According to a police press release, investigations revealed that the driver of mini-bus BNN 7851 attempted to overtake motor lorry GNN 5130 and collided with motor car PMM 1123 which was proceeding in the opposite direction. After the collision, the motor lorry ran into the rear of the mini-bus.
The drivers of the three vehicles are in police custody assisting with the investigations.
This newspaper was informed that the driver of the car, Jitendra Bagwha was under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred.
According to the dead woman’s son, Rohan Singh, the driver of the bus they were travelling in had just overtaken a truck when he noticed a car coming in the opposite direction.
Singh said that the driver of the car apparently panicked and applied brakes, lost control of the vehicle which started spinning causing it to slam into the right side of the bus, the same side that his mother was sitting. The impact then caused the bus to slam into the truck, hurling the elderly woman from the vehicle.
Singh said that he was told that nearby residents and other public-spirited citizens assisted in taking his relatives out of the wreckage and rushed them to the hospital.
The woman’s death was the second road fatality on the East Coast Demerara within hours.
Earlier on Saturday night pedestrian Edward Ashby was killed when he was struck down by two speeding cars on the Ogle Public Road.