Jun 25, 2010 News
The two drivers who were involved in the horrific two-car smash up last Saturday (June 19) on the No.2 East Canje Public Road that claimed the lives of two persons were both remanded to prison yesterday by magistrate Adela Nagamootoo, when they appeared before her on two charges each of causing death by dangerous driving.
The men, Steve Ramsarran, 23, of 58 Stanleytown and the driver of hire car HB 6777 and Shawn Ramsarran, 29, called ‘Fat Boy’ of 4 Sheet Anchor, East Canje, Berbice, and driver of hire car HB 7214 (no relations) were not required to plea.
Police Prosecutor Corporal Roberto Figueira told the court that on the day in question the two men were racing their cars on the thoroughfare when they collided.
Both drivers allegedly lost control causing the deaths of Tony Tayloo called “Rocky”,25, of 383 No. 2 village East Canje, Berbice and Suracedyal Kalipersaud called “Emran”, 29, of 75 Sheet Anchor and of Tortola British Virgin Islands.
In opposing bail, Figueira asked the court to take note of the nature and gravity of the offence. He also said that if granted bail there is a likelihood that the men would not return for their trial and there was every possibility that they would flee the jurisdiction.
Figueira further emphasised that from all indications the men were racing and their actions caused the death of two innocent persons.
Attorney at law Charrandass Persaud, representing Steve Ramsarran, stated that he didn’t see any reason why his client should not be granted bail. He stated that he has a fixed place of abode, is a hire car driver by profession and has never been involved in any matter involving the police.
Continuing his address to the court, the attorney said that the facts clearly indicate that another car forced his client off the road and nobody was hurt or died at the hands of his client. He also stated that Steve Ramsarran ended up in hospital as a result of the accident.
Attorney Persaud held for Attorney at Law Mursaline Bacchus, who represents Shawn Ramsarran, but was unavoidably absent. Mr. Persaud again applied for bail for Shawn Ramsarran.
He stated that his client is married and has a fixed place of abode. He stressed that the offence is a bailable one and his client has never been involved in a police matter before. He further submitted that Ramsarran suffered tremendously because of the accident, in that he was hospitalized and is still in tremendous pain.
The magistrate after listening to both sides refused bail and ordered that the men return to court on July 16.
Family members who gathered in their numbers at the court bemoaned the time that the men were taken into court, which began around 16:25hrs. They also stated that both men are suffering from severe pain as a result of the accident.
They drew attention to the condition of Shawn Ramsarran’s foot and opined that he needed to be taken to a hospital for further medical attention.
Steve Ramsarran was taken into custody on Sunday after he was treated at the New Amsterdam hospital and discharged, while Shawn Ramsarran was taken into custody on Monday afternoon after he was discharged from the hospital.
Reports are that the two accused were racing their cars along the No.2 public road around 19:30 hrs when they came into contact with a cow that was on the highway.
It is understood that HB 7214, driven by Shawn Ramsarran, came into contact with HB 6777, driven by Steve Ramsarran, which caused the latter vehicle to careen off the road into a verandah of a house which houses a workshop.
The car ripped away the front fence before uprooting one of the house’s posts and coming to rest on the fence separating the yard from another.
HB 7214 in the meanwhile toppled several times during which it struck Tony Tayloo who was cycling on the road on his way to purchase phone cards, reportedly killing him instantly.
Suracedyal Kalipersaud who was in the vehicle fell out and was left lying on the road.
The car ended up in the roadside drain with Ramsarran halfway out of the vehicle.
They were all picked up and rushed to the New Amsterdam hospital, where Tayloo was pronounced dead on arrival and Kalipersaud died later.
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