Six days after she was pulled from a car that had plunged into a canal at Le Resouvenir on the East Coast Demerara, 21 year old Bridgette Cumberbatch succumbed to her injuries.
Cumberbatch was pronounced dead around 11:00 hours at the Georgetown Hospital where doctors were desperately trying to save her life.
Cumberbatch and the driver of the car, Cliff Major were rescued by public spirited persons from the Toyota Raum they were travelling in after it struck the rail of a bridge on the Railway Embankment and plunged into the canal.
Major has since been released from hospital and had to be carried into the Sparendaam Police Station where he was subsequently placed on station bail.
Eyewitnesses said that Cumberbatch spent several minutes under water before she was pulled from the wreck.
The eyewitness said that she was unconscious and had a piece of the car’s wiper blade stuck in her forehead.
According to reports, the car was proceeding east along the Railway Embankment at around 15:30 hours when the driver lost control and ended up slamming into the southern rail of a bridge and plunged head long into the canal.
Yassim Hashim, who resides near to the scene of the accident, told this newspaper that he heard the impact and rushed to see what had happened.
“I see de vehicle in de trench and all we do was try fuh get dem out. I ask de big man if more body was inside de vehicle and he said no, was just de lady and he. De lady get a injury in she head, like something stick up in she head and we just assist fuh get she out. De man, he fly till to de back seat and he de almost come out,” Hashim told this newspaper.
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