Early Friday morning, 23-year-old Ronald Singh, and his 18-year-old brother, Davendra, collected a large sum of cash from their dad and went on a drinking spree to celebrate the elder boy’s birthday.
By 21:00 hrs that night they were both dead, their car crumpled “like a Pepsi tin can” after slamming headlong into a utility pole.
Up to late yesterday, stunned Leguan residents were still leaving their homes, some located miles away, to see the mangled car before accepting that a horrific accident had claimed the lives of the two young men.
Ronald and Davendra perished on the spot at around 21:00 hrs after the car that the elder brother was driving slammed into a utility pole before overturning in a trench on Long Road Enterprise, Leguan.
Their cousin, Deopaul Nandalall, who was with them, escaped with minor injuries and was undergoing treatment at a city hospital.
Ronald celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday and started celebrating the milestone with friends after announcing that he had a large amount of cash.
Some reports suggest that he had collected $100,000 to go out “and enjoy himself.”
Reports are that Ronald, his brother and cousin, started consuming alcohol early in the day at a popular Chinese restaurant located at Enterprise, Leguan.
Shortly before 21:00 hrs, the youngsters told their friends that there were heading home.
The elder brother was at the wheel when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole before ending up in a nearby canal.
A piece of the utility pole was ripped off by the impact and sections of the island were plunged into darkness.
One of the passengers was reportedly flung from the vehicle.
Ronald and Davendra sustained multiple injuries and died almost instantly.
Their bodies were taken to the Leguan Cottage Hospital Mortuary.
This newspaper was told that the car in which the youngsters perished was left with the family by a relative who recently migrated.
Residents who converged on the scene shortly after the crash said that they were horrified at the state of the car.
“I never see something like this…the car fold up like Pepsi tin; they had to be flying,” one man remarked.
Bone fragments were visible on the parapet near the accident scene.
The victims’ father, Teekram Singh, told Kaieteur News that he last saw his sons alive around 16:20 hours on Friday. Mr. Singh said that he went out, and upon his return he enquired from his wife about their whereabouts.
“Me went out on de road and when me come back me nah see de car, so me ask me wife where dem boys deh, and she tell me dem out at the Chinese (restaurant) to buy something.”
He added that later in the night, a neighbour came calling at his house. Singh said when he answered, the neighbour reported that his sons were involved in an accident.
“By the time meh reach de hospital dem tell me dat all two me sons dead,” the man said tearfully.
Many expressed shock over the incident as it has been years since a tragedy of that nature had occurred in the closely-knit community.
Both Ronald and his brother Davendra were self-employed. They are survived by their parents and sister.
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