Apr 09, 2009 News
For the second time in ten months the Persaud family of Sparta, Essequibo Coast, has been thrown into deep mourning.
On Tuesday evening 28-year-old Sudesh Persaud was pronounced dead on arrival at the Suddie Hospital after he was pinned under a tractor for some time in a trench at Hampton Court. The incident occurred around 18:00 hours yesterday in the Hampton Court back dam.
Sudesh Persaud met his demise after the tractor he was driving lost control, and turned turtle, pinning him.
According to investigative ranks, Persaud, who was a rice farmer, was making his way out of the Hampton Court back dam, for his home.
Reports state that the 28-year-old, who lives on the Sparta Public Road, was driving an unregistered tractor owned by his father, 50-year-old Suresh Persaud, at the time of the accident.
The man was left pinned under the tractor for a while as his cousin who was driving another tractor went to his rescue but failed in his attempts to pull him from the submerged tractor.
Persaud’s cousin, after realising that he could not free the trapped man, summoned the help of other farmers in the area.
But that too took some time and two tractors to pull the submerged tractor from the trench. By that time Persaud appeared to be dead. He was immediately rushed to the Suddie Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Some ten months ago Persaud’s brother was killed in another road accident on the Essequibo Coast.
A tearful Mrs. Nandanie Persaud described her fate as unbearable. The reality of losing her only two sons, Aroon and Sudesh, by accidents is unfathomable.
When this newspaper visited the deceased home today, Nandanie Persaud was being comforted by friends and close relatives.
Mrs. Persaud said that her sister, Rohanie, who lives in the same village, had visited her at her home and both were engaged in a conversation about Sudesh, when she heard the news.
She said that a worker named Balgobin came and told her that her son was involved in an accident with his tractor. She said that she began to scream, and ran down Kayman Sankar dam, which leads into the back dam, accompanied by her husband.
Mrs. Persaud said, yesterday, that shortly after noon her son came home and asked her to take out his lunch. She said that she took the opportunity to inquire about his father’s whereabouts. The situation could have been worse. She said that he was adamant about taking his one-year-old nephew for a ride on the tractor, but she intervened.
Mrs. Persaud recalled that was the last time she saw her son alive. His only sister, Romana Persaud, described him as caring, friendly and hard working. She told this newspaper that it was only a month ago that her father had purchased the tractor for her brother, after repeated pleas.
Her eldest son, Aroon Narine, 24, died on the Hampton Court Public Road after he was involved in an accident with a former GRA driver on June 17, last year.
He had sustained a fractured neck, broken hands and a severed leg.
Sudesh’s reputed wife, Debbie Jeet, said that she and Sudesh had already made wedding plans. Sudesh will be buried on Friday.
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