Couple, daughter die in two-vehicle crash
A couple and their 16-year-old daughter died instantly around 10:30 hrs yesterday after a truck rammed their car on the Supply, East Bank Demerara public road.
The tragedy occurred minutes after the father had made plans to assist with preparations for his mother’s funeral.
Dead are 39-year-old truck driver Suresh Jhaman; his 41-year-old reputed wife, Indrani Narine and 16-year-old Amanda Deonarine, all of Lot 12, Supply, East Bank Demerara.
All reports indicate that the accident occurred after Jhaman swerved into the path of the truck.
The impact was so great that the vehicles ploughed through a concrete wall on the western side of the roadway. The white Toyota Allion, PNN 1696, was so badly crushed that it was barely recognizable. Persons who rushed to the scene had to prise the wreckage apart to reach the victims, who were pronounced dead at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital.
Police said that the driver of the truck has been detained.
A police traffic official told Kaieteur News that Jhaman was driving south along the East Bank Demerara Public Road and had just crossed a bridge, when he apparently drove over a rough area on the roadway. According to the official, the car spun out of control and ended up in the path of an approaching truck.
However, Eric Gittens, a brother of Jhaman’s, told Kaieteur News that he received reports that his brother was attempting to overtake a slow-moving vehicle when he ended up in the truck’s path.
Gittens said that the truck slammed into the passenger side of the car.
The brother said that he received the news about ten minutes later, and was among the first people at the scene. According to him, no police ranks were present, but persons were there taking photographs of the already dead victims.
“We had to break the car ourselves to get at the bodies, then we had to get a vehicle to take the bodies to the Diamond Hospital,” he said.
The brother confirmed that their mother passed away just a week ago and the siblings were planning to meet later in the day to plan the funeral arrangements.
Recounting his last meeting with his brother, Mr. Gittens said that Jhaman had visited his Brickery, East Bank Demerara home earlier in the day where they had discussed the building of their mother’s tomb. They were planning to lay her to rest tomorrow.
The brothers then travelled up the Soesdyke/Linden highway around 09:00 hrs and collected concrete blocks and other materials to make the tomb. The man said that his sister-in-law and niece were not with them.
The plan was for the two brothers to travel in Gittens’s vehicle to Craig, East Bank Demerara, where the tomb was to be constructed. But according to the sibling, Jhaman opted to travel on his own in a car he had rented.
“He said ‘y’all go up,’ he will come and meet us there.”
Some ten minutes later, Mr. Gittens received word about the accident. He believes that his brother was heading to Land-of-Canaan to put fuel in the vehicle when he crashed.
However, other relatives said that they were heading to Sara Johanna, East Bank Demerara, to drop off his step-daughter at a relative’s home.
Gittens said that Jhaman was the fifth of nine siblings, and the relatives are more devastated by his death, which comes a week after the passing of their mother, who had been suffering for a prolonged period.
“Our mother’s death was troubling, but she was sick, and we were building our minds that she had gone to a better place.
But this here is devastating. Suresh was not a bad person; my sister-in-law was loving and my niece was a bundle of joy.”